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Election Integrity Roundup 2.16.20

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country. Some of these stories may have already been shared via our social media accounts, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Manipulation > Russia Boogeyman

This week, Congressional Democrats sought passage of two bills, portrayed by the media as election security measures they were more publicity stunt than responsible lawmaking.

Aimed at continuing the false narrative that foreign interference is significantly impacting American elections, the bills would force campaigns to report contact with foreigners to the FBI and make it illegal for election equipment to be connected to the internet.

In Texas, voting machines are designed to be air-gapped, not connected to the internet, and all but one county in the state have undergone or are undergoing security audits.

The Democrat led House of Representatives is more interested in pushing a narrative than crafting legislation that will deal with the manipulation of elections via ballot harvesting and illegal participation in elections. This week’s bills and the faux outrage over their failure in the Senate are more of the same.

Enrollment Highs Suggest No Need for Online Registration

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Midland’s Unconstitutional Recall Restrictions

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The bar for a recall election should be reasonably high, but the Midland City Charter requires the violation of constitutional rights. It violates the secret ballot by requiring petition signers to reveal their choice at the ballot box.

Article VI of the Midland City Charter states:

This means that the recall petition must have been signed by 20% of qualified voters in the City of Midland and half of those signatures must belong to people who signed an affidavit stating they voted for the person who is being recalled. There are several problems with these requirements, the most egregious being the violation of civil rights.

First of all, American citizens have the right to a secret ballot. These voters should not have to reveal their choice at the ballot box. If a mayor or city council member’s offenses have risen to the level of recall in the eyes of the citizens, why do the signatures, and therefore voices, of the people who voted for the offending individual get to carry more weight? 

For example, in November of 2019 Midland elected two city council members, one of which was in District 4. At the time there were 18,417 eligible voters in the district. Therefore, a recall petition would require 3,683 signatures and 1,842 of those voters must have signed affidavits that they voted for the victor. That candidate may have won 56% of the vote, but only 15% of the electorate cast a vote for her. That leaves 85% of Midland with only half a voice because the 15% have the other half by statute.

Second, this statue results in one individual’s vote carrying more weight and necessarily power. This is true of ballots cast by citizens for the target of a recall effort compared to citizen’s cast ballots and Midlanders who may not have voted but are negatively impacted to the degree that they would sign a recall petition.

The Midland recall process is not only unconstitutional, but it is virtually insurmountable. It is merely an illusion of safeguarding the public trust. It may as well not be there at all. That would at least be a more honest and transparent approach. Citizens of Midland should demand more from their representatives.

Commentary: We Must Stand for Judge Alex Kim

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It’s in the news every day, families and freedom are under attack. Drake Pardo, James Younger, and Tinslee Lewis have all become household names, but their stories are not unique.

Democrats are using the legal system and organizations like Child Protective Services (CPS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and even hospitals such as Cook Children’s to rip children from their families or even threaten their very lives.

It takes a bold Judge to stand in the gap, follow the constitution, and protect the lives and liberties of vulnerable children. One such Judge is Alex Kim of the 323rd District Court, the Family Court, and he is under threat. 

On February 20th at 12:15 p.m. at the Tarrant County Family Law Courthouse, located at, 200 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth, there will be an open hearing. Its goal is to try to take CPS cases from Judge Kim’s Court and distribute them downtown.

Why? Groups like CPS and CASA do not want a judge that actually looks into the facts of the case and rules based on the law and the Constitution. Those groups want a rubber stamp and they know that Judge Kim does not fit that bill.

Those of us who voted for Judge Kim in 2018 were voting for rule of law and adherence to the principles that we hold dear, following the constitution and protecting liberty, no agendas, no legislation from the bench. Judge Kim has delivered exactly that. 

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Election Integrity Roundup 2.9.20

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country.

Some of these stories have been shared via our social media accounts, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Starr County to review suspected voter fraud cases

As a member on a recent panel in Austin, Starr Couty District Attorney Omar Escobar noted his county and the state of Texas have longstanding issues with voters abusing ballot by mail.

Voting by mail is reserved for a select group of disadvantaged individuals and if you are not a member of one of these classes voting by mail is in fact illegal.

Unfortunately, the state of Texas missed a valuable opportunity during the legislative session to clarify the process to apply for a mail-in ballot, both to protect unsuspecting applicants and ward off illegal behavior.

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Troy Nehls Accused of Misleading Federal Filings

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For the second time this week, congressional candidate Troy Nehls has been slapped with a sworn ethics violation complaint.

On Friday afternoon, Nehls was accused of falsifying filings with the Federal Elections Committee by “knowingly and intentionally misrepresenting the employer and occupation of two donors.”

The donors in question, Thomas Goodfellow and Amanda Bronsell were identified as self-employed consultants on Nehls filings when they were in fact employed by Fort Bend County where Nehls is Sheriff. Mr. Goodfellow, according to his bio on the Fort Bend County website is a subordinate to Sheriff Nehls.

The sworn complaint states that Nehls’s intent in misrepresenting this information was to deceive the public as to who is funding his campaign.

Nehls is one in a crowded field including fourteen other Republicans and five Democrats vying for the Congressional District 22 seat vacated by Pete Olson.

Earlier in the week, Nehls was accused of and Texas Ethics Commission filings show he shifted funds from his state account to his federal account, an illegal transference.

As we noted when the initial complaint was filed, transferring funds can have the effect of busting campaign contribution limits in place for federal elections.

Another candidate in the race to fill the District 22 vacancy Pierce Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, was reported to have likened Catholics, other Christians to Taliban terrorists.

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