Quanell X Demands the Removal of a Republican Alternate Election Judge - And the presiding judge complies!
by Bob Price on November 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM
In a shocking Houston election day story, Quanell X (head of the New Black Panther Party) demanded the removal of a legally appointed Republican Alternate Election Judge. , Amazingly, the Presiding Judge, Billie Smith, complied with his demands.
Alt. Judge Carmen Cuneo was appointed to represent the people of her Precinct by the Harris County Republican Party. She was not some "outsider" sent in to "cause trouble". Ms. Cuneo is a leader in the very community where she was attempting to serve on election day.
Issues began with a conflict with a Mr. Al Green over her asking voters to not use their cell phones in the election room, as required by Texas law. Mr. Green was "invited" to work in the election room by the Presiding Judge. Mr. Green was not on the rolls as a worker and was never sworn in as an election official. Despite this, Mr. Green was allowed access to voter information, worked with voters and even assisted voters who were casting their votes, a violation of Texas law. All people who assist a voter in casting a vote, including family members, MUST be sworn in.
Here is what Houston's Channel 13 had to say about the story.
Ms. Cuneo tells a different story. A story of a deliberate attempt to intimidate an election official and improperly remove someone who is assigned to guarantee a fair election process.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak with Quanell X about voter intimidation. I asked him if a poll watcher standing next to an election official while the official was assisting a voter constituted intimidation. He said, "It depends. It depends on the person's attitude, their facial expressions, their tone of voice and their body language as to whether it is intimidation or not." Somehow I doubt that Quanell X was intimidated by this very classy lady.
I asked several judges and the Harris County District Attorney, Pat Lykos about who has the authority to actually remove an Alternate Judge. No one seemed certain off the top of their heads, but the consensus of opinion is the Election Judge does have the authority to eject anyone from the polling place, there are consequences for doing so improperly. It cannot just be done because the judge wants to remove the opposite party's legally appointed observer. The case has been submitted for investigation to the proper authorities.
On a side note: Ms. Cuneo is a Facebook Fan of TexasGOPVote.com and a Facebook friend of mine. I have met her on several occassions and know her to be a sincere person who would take a posting like this very seriously. She has worked the polls before on many occasions and never had a problem. Was Quanell X just looking for trouble?