The 2020 presidential election is now less than a year away. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to address people’s concerns about election security – concerns that have lingered at least since revelations surfaced about Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. So, what exactly are election officials across Greater Houston doing about it?
“Our elections are only as valid as people think that they are,” says John Oldham, who has served as election administrator for Fort Bend County for more than 11 years, under both Republican and Democratic leaders. “Our country exists under a social contract, and every time we go to the polls to vote for people or on propositions, we ratify that contract again and again…And so long as people believe elections are secure – that’s just as important as making them secure.”