HOUSTON, November 1, 2019 – Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today regarding Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman’s announcement that unofficial election-day voting results may be delayed until approximately 2:00 a.m.:

“Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced today that reporting of election-day voting results next week will be delayed, but she tried to shift blame onto the Texas Secretary of State, and her excuse rings hollow. The real reason for the inevitable delay is Clerk Trautman is pushing a system not ready for prime time, with disregard for the law.”

“To ensure election integrity, a 10-year-old Texas statute forbids connecting voting equipment to an external network such as the Internet, yet that is exactly what Trautman planned to do. Thanks to the efforts of Harris County Republican Party’s Ballot Security team, Clerk Trautman’s attempt to circumvent the law has been stopped. Clerk Trautman’s statement today blaming the Texas Secretary of State for her delay in reporting is like a driver blaming the police for having to stop for red lights, and a lame attempt to distract from her rush to implement her agenda regardless of what the law requires.”