Ed Johnson is associate voter registrar at the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, where he’s worked since 1999. He’s also a paid director for Computer Data Systems, a venture started in 2003 with state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston. The company sells the same voter information Johnson is paid by taxpayers to manage in a nonpolitical manner.
“No question this doesn’t smell,” said Harold Cook, a Democratic political consultant in Austin. “It’s a government official who has duties involving the election process who is a political consultant who has clients who are on the same ballots he is handling.”
Neither Johnson nor Bohac returned calls for comment.
According to a recently dismantled Web site, CDS sells voter data to Republican candidates. No records indicating information was sold to Democrats could be found. Secretary of state records show Bohac as the registered agent and Johnson as a director.
Johnson’s party affiliation was not known on Wednesday, but he is known in political circles as a Republican consultant.
Leo Vasquez, Harris County tax assessor-collector and voter registrar, issued a statement that dismissed complaints that Johnson’s job, which can include approving or rejecting voter applications, conflicts with his side business.