Harris County Names New Elections Administrator

Tuesday July 5, 2022

Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced Clifford Tatum will serve as Harris County's next Elections Administrator. Mr. Tatum has 16 years of elections experience and has led 9 elections in the past 4 years.

Clifford D. Tatum has served as General Counsel for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and as the Executive Director for the District of Columbia Board of Elections. He has also worked as an elections attorney, providing consultative and legal services to state, county, and local election officials nationwide. Tatum also served as the Interim Director of the Georgia State Elections Division (Interim Secretary of State) and as an Assistant Director of Legal Affairs for the Georgia Secretary of State. In both roles, Tatum assisted with the creation, implementation, and enforcement of federal and state election initiatives enacted by the U.S. Congress and the Georgia General Assembly.

“We are thrilled to have Clifford Tatum serve as our top elections official. His resume speaks for itself and we have received glowing reviews of his work,” said Judge Hidalgo. “I'd like to thank all the members of the Election Commission for their collaborative, bipartisan work in this thorough selection process over the past few months. The quality and integrity of our election process in Harris County is in great hands.”

Tatum is set to take the reins with his official appointment in August. Harris County Voting Rights Director, Beth Stevens, will serve as interim Elections Administrator until then.