His words were shared by his friend Barbie Ann Burrow in a public post on July 30. It read:
THE PACKAGE IS DELIVERED
NOW WE WAIT.
This morning I delivered a challenge to the registrations of nearly 4,000 voters in Harris County, TX.
The receptionist at the voter registration office was overwhelmed when I placed the documents on her desk and asked her to sign and date a receipt for the package.
It took her 5 minutes to find somebody "in authority" to come out front to tell her it was OK to accept the package and sign the receipt. There were more than a few chuckles in that process.
Finally, the woman who will take the first steps with the challenges stepped out, looked over my package, then told the receptionist it was OK to sign the receipt. She told her to send the package to her immediately.
So now we wait and watch. Because I based my challenge on "residency," by law the registrar is supposed to suspend the registrations of all these voters. She's also supposed to send them a card giving them until October 6 to correct the discrepancies in their registration addresses. She must also inform them that if the discrepancy is not corrected, they won't be able to vote a regular ballot in November. They can only vote a provisional ballot.
All provisional ballots are reviewed by the Ballot Board, and I appoint all the Republican members of that board.
Please continue your prayers for this project. It could make a big difference in the November election results.
Since the story about the challenges broke, Vera has not returned requests for comments. Below is a screencap of his personal Facebook account “liking” Burrow’s post.
The Harris County Republican Party responded to the accusations in a statement accusing Bennett of jumping the gun in her suspensions and not waiting the 30 days prescribed by Texas law. They also claimed that the addresses were associated with UPS stores, industrial facilities and the Harris County jail. Previously, Thomas Wang, Republican candidate for Texas House District 147 claimed the addresses were connected to post office boxes. Neither Lane nor Lankford have ever had a PO Box.
From the beginning, the work of Vera has appeared to mirror Republican initiatives across the country using poll watching and voter registration challenges to attack the rights of minority voters who typically vote Democrat. His Facebook post suggests that forcing challenged voters to use provisional ballots subject to oversight by officials he appoints was the impetus behind the challenges, not electoral integrity as claimed. Influencing the election in November was a priority.