This raid, which led to no charges, was against a group called Houston Votes that was registering minority and low-income voters in Houston and Harris County.
From the Dallas Morning News---
"On an overcast Monday afternoon, officers in bulletproof vests swept into a house on Houston’s north side. The armed deputies and agents served a search warrant. They carted away computers, hard drives and documents. The raid targeted a voter registration group called Houston Votes, which was accused of election fraud. It was initiated by investigators for Attorney General Greg Abbott...The investigation was closed one year after the raid, with no charges filed. But for Houston Votes, the damage was done. Its funding dried up, and its efforts to register more low-income voters ended. Its records and office equipment never were returned. Instead, under a 2013 court order obtained by Abbott’s office, they were destroyed."
No charges were ever filed. No evidence of voter fraud was ever found. The things seized from Houston Votes by the police on orders from Mr. Abbott were never returned.
An important part of this story is my friend Maureen Haver who lives in Houston. Ms. Haver, a public-minded citizen, led the Houston Votes organization for a time and had research about the Republican-led voter registration process in Harris County taken and destroyed as a result of the raid. Ms. Haver is interviewed in the Dallas Morning News story
Here is the bottom line---If you seek to engage in the democratic process in Texas in a way that Texas Republicans and conservatives don't like, you are at risk for armed police raids, the need for expensive attorney fees and the loss of property.
These are the so-called small government, Texan and American "values" of the people who have political power in Texas. They will do anything at all to maintain their positions.
Perry at Brains & Eggs has more.
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