Friday, October 4, 2013

Interview with Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

I had the opportunity to visit with Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, along with other bloggers in the area. Thanks to Justin Concepcion for his effort in setting this up.

I have to admit, I walked away with a very positive feeling about Sullivan's office especially the attitude towards registering voters. The days of lawsuits and controversy concerning the voting rolls, voter intimidation, and other voter issues seems to have ended. His attitude is more of "how can my office help to register voters" instead of working to suppress the vote. Sullivan mentioned that 3 inherited lawsuits due to the policies of his predecessors, Leo Vasquez, and Don Sumners, have been resolved.

When he started his term, he did not see eye to eye with the lead of the Voter Registration Department, who eventually resigned and took a job with the County Clerk, Stan Stanart. This paved the way for Sullivan to design his own office and policies. He stressed that his office was going to work hand in hand with any organization that wants to help register voters. Training for volunteer voter registrars has returned to being held across the county instead of at the Harris County office at inconvenient times. Unlike his predecessor, Sumners, he has exceeded the minimum training sessions established by the State resulting in over 1300 volunteer voter registrars servicing the county.

I complain a lot. Some might say that is an understatement, but I was impressed with Mr. Sullivan's accomplishments with the office and his attitude towards voting in the county.

Now....a meeting with County Clerk Stan Stanart.

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