Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

GOP Congressmen push back against Democrat bully tactics

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Yesterday, Republican members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform joined Ken Paxton, pushing back on a Democrat effort to interfere in the administration of elections in Texas.

Republicans members of the oversight committee issued a letter to Democrats in leadership insisting they halt investigations into Texas’ list maintenance activities initiated in January. The letter sent yesterday states that there was no “valid legislative purpose” for Chairman of the committee Elijah Cummings D-Maryland to initiate investigations.

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PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED.

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Senate Bill 9 is set to be debated on the floor of the Senate in the coming week and State Senators need to hear from voters to make sure the bill is brought up and passed.

One important feature of the bill is the requirement that a paper audit trail be produced for elections. Section 5.02 of the bill (link to the bill). Amends Subchapter A, Chapter 129, Election Code, by adding Section 129.003, as follows: PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED.

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Time to Clean Up Voter Rolls

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Texas voter rolls are in a state of neglect and it’s time for the legislature to take action. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) has presented a couple of important measures, House Bills 3576 and 3578, to ensure voter rolls are maintained more accurately.

Laid out in committee last week, Klick’s 3576 requires voter registrars to conduct list maintenance. While most Texans assume this activity is ongoing and mandated, it isn’t.

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Bad Bills Up in House Elections, Busy Day in Senate State Affairs

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Today in the Texas House Elections Committee will be entertaining some truly awful legislation while the Senate State Affairs Committee hears meaningful measures aimed at shoring up Texas elections and increasing transparency.

HB 2898 authored by Art Fierro (D-El Paso) would include parents and legal guardians as eligible for curbside voting. This service is currently reserved for handicapped individuals unable to enter a polling place, a manageable task given the size of the group.

Extending this to all parents or guardians or anyone with a kid in the car would be an absolute nightmare for election administration, especially in 2020 when Texas will be holding an election without the expediency of straight-ticket voting for the first time in years.

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