Fighting for election integrity and transparency

Protect Your Vote 2020: Quick Guides*

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It is absolutely crucial that everyone is fully prepared for this election. 2020 has thrown many parts of our world into chaos, the election process is no exception. We have seen countless attempts to thwart whole sections of the Election Code from court battles to blatantly unlawful actions. Do not allow a lack of knowledge or a lack of action destroy the integrity of our elections. 

Use the guides below to educate and prepare yourself for the battle ahead. Whether you serve on the front lines as an Election Judge/Clerk, in a supporting role as Poll Watcher, or simply spread the word and educate yourself and your friends, you must step up and do your part.

We have provided these guides in PNG format. Please feel free to download, print, and share them. If you have any questions, contact us at info@directactiontx.com.

Get Informed and Get Involved!

Quick Guide for Voters: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Voters-By Mail: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Activists and Campaigns: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Election Judges and Clerks: Coming Soon

Quick Guide for Poll Watchers: Front / Back

Quick Guide for the Ballot Board: Front

Quick Guide for the Signature Verification Committee: Front / Back

*The linked documents are just guides. Direct Action Texas is not a legal firm and cannot give legal advice. Always refer to the Texas Election Code, Texas Secretary of State, and your County Elections Office.

ALERT: Critical GOP Expulsions Reported

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As the first week of early voting came to a close, reports of the systematic firing of key Republican election workers began to mount.

Dallas County was the site of the first reports of GOP election workers being fired for not wearing facemasks.

Guidance from the Secretary of State’s office states that, while mask usage is encouraged, it is not mandatory.

Expelling election workers for not donning a mask so far appears to disenfranchise and disproportionately harm the Republican Party.

Additional complaints from workers being expelled from overseeing this contentious election have emanated from Comal and Williamson county.

If you have been fired from your position as an election judge or poll watcher, send us an email at tips@directactiontx.com.

Tight Margins Highlight Danger of Voter Fraud Ignored

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One fraudulent vote is one too many.

The left for years has slavishly peddled the talking point that voter fraud either doesn’t exist or is so small a problem it should be ignored.

Conservatives are routinely derided for calling attention to the issue of election integrity and voter fraud. This derision is an unjust, cynical chastizement in service of the narrative.

This week, the Texas Attorney General’s office announced the arrest of a Carrolton man, Zul Mirza Mohamed, running for mayor for mail-in vote fraud.

Caught red-handed, Mohamed was charged with 25 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot and 84 counts of fraudulent use of a mail ballot application.

With several elections in 2020 anticipated to be close, even on the low side, 84 ballots fraudulently requested could swing an election.

In 2018, two seats in the Texas House could have been flipped with this many ballots, HD 132 gained by Democrats by a margin of 87 votes, and HD 138 which Republicans held by 47 votes.

Keep in mind this was the alleged ham-handed effort of just one man. If you put a harvesting team in the field, which exists in the DFW area and other parts of the state and it’s easy to envision more in reach seats falling.

For instance, House District 108 held by Republicans in 2018 by 220 or House District 66 was held by Republicans in 2018 by 391 votes could fall with a group of three harvesters.

Mail-in voter fraud, a proven tactic is being prosecuted at a higher clip in 2020 thanks to the efforts of the lawmakers in 2017 and the passage of SB 5.

Unfortunately, Governor Abbott did not prioritize election integrity during 2019, opening Texas’ election to further and avoidable abuse.

Staty tuned.

Real Stories of Real Fraud

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Despite the constant claims by the mainstream media, mail-in ballot fraud does exist and becomes more and more prevalent with each election cycle.

The following are real stories told by real voters during interviews with Direct Action Texas in 2015. We have been told countless versions of these same stories in the years since.

The names of the voters have been changed for their protection.

My ballot just arrives.

David was questioned about his experience voting by mail. When asked about filling out his application he seemed puzzled. David said that he never filled out an application. His ballot simply arrived in the mail for each election. (Texas Election Code requires that a new application must be sent by the voter at least once a year.)

He went on to say that each election he receives his ballot and waits for the nice young lady to come by and help him fill it out. He tells her his candidate choices and she bubbles it all in for him. He does not check her work to make sure she did as he instructed and many of his choices are actually her suggestions.

Someone has clearly been sending in an application in his name each year for years and then sending a friendly harvester to assist. This is an illegal form of assistance because she did not provide her name and information, originally arrived unsolicited, and promoted one candidate over another.

I want to vote for the Democrats.

Julia was asked about her experience with the young woman who comes to help with her ballot. She said that she gets help with her mail-in ballot every election. It isn’t always the same person, but it is typically a young woman who appears sweet, friendly, and trustworthy. 

In the most recent May election, Julia told the young woman she wanted to vote for all the Democrats. The woman nodded her head and filled out the ballot. Julia hadn’t realized it was a local, non-partisan election. The young woman did not alert Julia that the candidates were not Democrats vs. Republicans. 

There’s no telling who Julia actually voted for in that election. Julia certainly doesn’t know. Most likely her ballot was cast for the slate paying the young woman.

We vote in person.

A voter named Rodrigo told us a story about his stolen vote and stolen voice.

One day a young woman came to Rodrigo’s door and asked if he would like to vote by mail. Rodrigo responded that he and his wife always vote in person because the polling place is right across the street. He then pointed to a building a short distance from his door. 

The young woman continued to attempt to convince Rodrigo that he and his wife should vote by mail instead. Rodrigo kept insisting that he would prefer to vote in person. The back and forth went on for several minutes.

Finally, the young woman stopped persisting and asked if Rodrigo and his wife would at least sign her paper to prove to her boss she had been to the door.  She claimed that if they would sign, she would be finished for the day and could go home. She seemed like such a nice person, so Rodrigo and his wife signed her paper. Most of the paper was obscured by other papers and all the couple really saw were two signature blanks on yellow paper. They signed, said goodbye to the young woman and went about their day.

On Election Day Rodrigo and his wife went to vote in person, just as they always had. Only this time they were told they couldn’t vote. They had already voted by mail.

Someone had applied for mail-in ballots in their names, stolen their ballots from their mailbox, and tricked them into signing their own carrier envelopes containing ballots later marked with choices that were not their own.

That’s not how I write my name.

Amelia and Martha are sisters who live together. Both women were asked to look at the signatures on their applications for ballot by mail and the envelopes that carried their voted ballots. Amelia had suffered a stroke and her unsteady hand was evident in her carrier envelope, but not in her application. Martha recognized this fact and verified that the signature on the carrier envelope was most likely that of her sister.

Martha looked at her own carrier envelope and recognized her signature. However, she was shocked by the signature on the application. Her first remark was “that is not how I make my Ms.” The capital “M” of the two signatures were remarkably different. Martha couldn’t imagine why someone would forge her signature. Then again, she doesn’t remember applying for a ballot by mail.

All of these stories represent people whose votes and voices were stolen by mail-in ballot harvesters. These are real stories of voter suppression. Kind, trusting people victimized by people willing to break the law to push their agenda. Voting in person is the safest, most secure way to vote. If you qualify and must vote from home, do so, but be cautious.

Clearing Up Confusion Over Abbott’s Order

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion about what Governor Greg Abbott did earlier today.

In case you missed the left’s collective social media hissy fit, Gov. Abbott specified that mail-in ballots could be turned in to one location in each county during early voting.

It could have been worse for the left, Abbott could have completely rescinded an earlier proclamation and defaulted to the law which allows for mail ballots to 1) be mailed (hint: it’s in the name) or 2) be delivered in person on election day to the clerk’s office.

A plain reading of this first proclamation looks like what he’s allowing for today, a necessary clarification after hack liberal election officials in mainly in Houston and Austin set up a system to abuse the leeway granted by that order.

Specifically, they expanded the number of locations where ballots could be dropped off and accepting ballots in-person weeks before early voting is set to start.

Abbott gave an inch, and they took a mile. Now he’s correcting that disparity, and again, it could and should have arguably been worse.

Direct Action Texas is the only organization that’s been publicly calling for the curtailment of this provision.

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Mail-in Ballot Fraud Charges in Gregg County

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Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of four suspects in connection to a mail-in ballot fraud operation.

Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown along with Marlena Jackson, Charlie Burns, and DeWayne Ward stand accused of cheating in the 2018 Democrat Primary by falsifying mail-in ballot applications and ballots.

Direct Action Texas has worked with local activists in Gregg County since 2018 to address mail-in ballot fraud, and specifically felonous claims of disability on mail-in ballot applications.

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