Candidate in race for MUD seat files suit to overturn election results, alleges 'illegal' votes cast

By John Suayan | Jun 25, 2018

HOUSTON – A man who recently ran for the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 400 filed a lawsuit contesting last month’s election results, according to recent state district court records.

HOUSTON – A man who recently ran for the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 400 filed a lawsuit contesting last month’s election results, according to recent state district court records.

Edgar Clayton states in court papers filed against the MUD and former opponents Anne-Marie Wright and Cheryl Smith in the Harris County 190th District Court on June 13 that the May 5, 2018 election for two open at-large director positions was rife with violations against the Texas Elections Code.

Wright and Smith reportedly amassed enough votes to fill the seats while Clayton finished third.

The suit alleges illegal votes were counted and eligible voters were turned away from the polls because of “failures with availability of the temporary voting trailer.” It further asserts that “election officials were engaged in fraud, illegal conduct, or made mistakes regarding the ballots by mail that resulted in ballots by mail not being counted, verified, or authenticated.”

“All of the votes cast during the election should be deemed illegal votes because none of the votes can be authenticated or verified,” the original petition says. “Further, eligible votes were not allowed to be cast.”

Clayton demands the court declare the results void and order a new election.

He is represented by Regina D. Adams and John-Thomas Foster of the law firm Radcliffe Bobbit Adams Polley PLLC in Houston.

Harris County 190th District Court Case No. 2018-39412

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