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The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is investigating what it says are a record number of complaints of irregularities and voter intimidation just one week into the early-voting process.

One of those complaints surfaced Thursday when Tamika Francis was denied the right to vote in southwest Houston because she was wearing an Obama-themed T-shirt. Francis’ mother was also reeling from the reaction she got from the same poll workers, a reaction she said reminded her of voting problems for African Americans in the 1960s.

Sandra Francis arrived at the polling location inside the Fiesta grocery store at Main and Kirby armed with her driver’s license as identification. While in the midst of an argument over her daughter’s shirt, which poll workers said was a violation of the electioneering rules in the Texas Election Code, Sandra, who was not wearing political paraphernalia of any kind, was told she was not registered to vote and that county records showed her voter registration had been cancelled. 

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