Reveal: How Jeff Sessions could determine the state of democracy in Texas
“The political appointees were very active. We had a lot of knock-down, drag-out fights – not physically, although that’s always in the realm of possibility,” said Gerry Hebert, former chief of the voting section. “We had verbal debates and arguments over various things – particularly when it came to redistricting plans and things that were often intentionally discriminatory – but we couldn’t get the political appointees to object.”
Hebert said he saw major swings in priorities regarding minority voting access between different administrations. Democrats were adamant about removing obstacles, and Republicans more concerned with hunting down voter fraud.