Constituent letter from Bob Robinson to the Texas Attorney General's Office regarding voting machines, undated
Constituent letter from Bob Robinson to the Leroy Gravunder of the Texas Attorney General's Office regarding malfunctioning voting machines, undated.
Texas. Attorney-General's Office
"Texas Governor Term 2, 1987-1991"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 2nd Term, 1987-1991"
State Papers Addendum | 2nd term
Texas State library and archives commission
Clements Texas Papers
Attorney General's Office ATTN: LeRoy Gravunder PO Bo.x 12548 Austin, Texas 78711 It has come to my attention vou are keeping an open file on Gregg County. I would like to add an inrident to that file. During a recount of the vote after an election it can to my attention that the counters on the Voting Machines, we now use, can be defeated by pulling a bronze nin from the levers. Ibis keeps the counter at zero whenever a party lever is pulled. I initiated an investigation into the machines and several alarming facts were evident: I. The type Voting Machine we use is only 77% accurate. - ihe bronze pins being pulled out, or falling out, - can affect the outcome of elections. 3. It is easy to switch lever controls between candidates. using the same type 4. In an election in Louisiana, the machine with a machines, a man was caught "rigging" car door tool. I wrote a letter to County .judge Henry Atkinson requesL ing to speak to the Commissioners COurt. He refuc,:ed tO place me on the agenda until he had spoken to me. I went to the Commissioners Court and a verbal battle ensued between myself and the judge. When he couldn't get a vote to adjourn, he declared the meeting closed and walked out. The four Commissioners stayed to listen to my presentation. A new .--,-;ystem was tried during the Constitutional Election. Both Political Parties expressed a.desire for the new ystem. Public Hearinos were held, at the insistance of the County Judge. A total of 67% of the people at those hearings expressed a desire for the new system. A tie vote was broken by the Judde and the system was voted down. I have several enclosures for yp.ur information. Even though our machines do not comply with the lexas Election Code, the nw system more accurate 1J9.3%), it is much moreeconomical and it provides a positive recount system, we are still using the :1 cisys=;tem. There must be some reason tor continued use r4 the old machine? Any ac,:sistanre you can give us would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Bob Robinson 802 W. Fairlane Drive Longview, Texas 75604