In this video provided to me by the source ( @10MinOfBias ) at the scene who documented what could only be described as clearly potential criminal activity, Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas CD-18) and HISD Position IV Trustee, Jolanda Jones appear to be flagrantly and clearly violating election law on Monday 10/24/16 at the polling station located at the Harris County Assessor office at 5300 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX 77021.
The video begins with HISD Position IV Trustee, Jolanda Jones clearly within the 100 foot marker, calling out loudly to the voters waiting in line, campaigning against proposition 1 on the Harris County ballot:
Authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues.
Moments later in the video, Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas CD-18) can be seen making her way down the line of voters, campaigning among the people waiting in line, and Jones walks up to speak with voters as well.
Texas election law clearly states that:
CHAPTER 61. CONDUCT OF VOTING GENERALLY
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 61.001. BYSTANDERS EXCLUDED; UNLAWFUL PRESENCE OF CANDIDATE. (a) Except as permitted by this code, a person may not be in the polling place from the time the presiding judge arrives there on election day to make the preliminary arrangements until the precinct returns have been certified and the election records have been assembled for distribution following the election.
(b) A candidate in the election commits an offense if the candidate is in a polling place during the period described by Subsection (a) for a purpose other than:
(1) voting; or
(2) official business in the building in which the polling place is located.
(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (b) that the candidate:
(1) is not within plain view or hearing of the persons in the voting area or the area in which voters are being accepted for voting; and
(2) is not engaged in campaign activity.
(d) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
Sec. 61.003. ELECTIONEERING AND LOITERING NEAR POLLING PLACE. (a) A person commits an offense if, during the voting period and within 100 feet of an outside door through which a voter may enter the building in which a polling place is located, the person:
(1) loiters; or
(2) electioneers for or against any candidate, measure, or political party.
(a-1) The entity that owns or controls a public building being used as a polling place may not, at any time during the voting period, prohibit electioneering on the building’s premises outside of the area described in Subsection (a), but may enact reasonable regulations concerning the time, place, and manner of electioneering.
(b) In this section:
(1) “Electioneering” includes the posting, use, or distribution of political signs or literature.
(2) “Voting period” means the period beginning when the polls open for voting and ending when the polls close or the last voter has voted, whichever is later.
(c) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
A plain reading of this law would conclude that both Jackson Lee and Jones are in violation of the statute, and that a criminal investigation is warranted. Both the Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and law enforcement should take whatever steps are justified in this case.