Lawyers for both Talmadge Heflin and Hubert Vo have filed their briefs in the election contest, and Andy Taylor is still beating the "irrefutable evidence of massive fraud!" drum. I've seen a copy of Vo's brief, and I have to say they do a pretty decent job of refuting much of that "irrefutable" evidence. I have not seen the Heflin brief, so I have a one-sided view of this. It still looked darned convincing to me. Some highlights from the Vo brief:
1. Team Heflin interviewed a subset of those whose votes were questioned, and extrapolated from there.
2. Among those Team Heflin did interview, Team Vo disagreed with many of their assertions about whose vote should or should not count.
3. Some votes were questioned because voters went to the wrong precinct, but were still in HD149.
4. Some of the voters who had moved to Fort Bend were told by Paul Bettencourt's office that it was OK for them to vote at their old location.
5. As noted in the story, some votes were challenged on the basis of uncorroborated phone interviews.
You get the idea. The hearing is Thursday, and Discovery Master Will Hartnett will issue his recommendations next week. In the meantime, ponder this:
[Andy] Taylor said Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman agrees with Heflin's team that Heflin should be declared the winner because so many ballots cast for Vo should be thrown out.
But in a prepared statement, David Beirne, Kaufman's spokesman, said Kaufman is waiting for the House to conduct an investigation and has not endorsed the findings of Heflin's team.
"No such endorsement exists or should be construed from the office of Harris County clerk," Beirne said.
Last but not least, the Daily Texan calls on Heflin to drop his challenge.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 25, 2005 to Election 2004 | TrackBack