Both the Texas Secretary of State and Texas Attorney General have confirmed receipt of a formal complaint over the handling of vote counting from last Saturday’s Katy ISD school board election.
Representatives from both offices yesterday confirmed the complaint filed by Katy resident Cynthia Murray Langley had been received and is being assigned for investigation.
Irene R. Diaz with the Secretary of State’s Elections Legal Division said the complaint was being assigned to an attorney for review. Also, Carlos Ibanez with the Texas Attorney General’s Office said the allegations would be given a criminal justice review.
Handling of the vote count for Saturday’s Katy ISD Board of Trustees election led to the complaint being filed.
Langley filed the election complaint with both agencies late Monday after she and another certified poll watcher were excluded from witnessing the delayed vote count at Katy ISD’s Education Support Complex Saturday night.
Among the irregularities cited, the complaint alleges Katy ISD’s elections administrator Bill Haskett and presiding poll judge Butch Adams refused to allow Langley and Darcy Kahrhoff, both certified poll watchers, observe the ballot counting process after problems arose amid reports of missing ballots from two polling locations.
Langley also said despite official poll watchers such as herself and Kahrhoff being refused entry, several people were admitted through a rear door of the Katy ISD administration building into the counting area. Among those Langley said were allowed in were former Katy ISD Trustee Eric Duhon and current Board President Joe Adams.
When contacted for comment by InstantNewsKaty, Katy ISD spokesman Steve Stanford said the district would not comment.
“Since this is a pending complaint, we don’t have a response at this time,” Stanford said.