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Conservatives Call on Abbott for Special Session

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Yesterday, conservative leaders from across Texas held a press conference in Farmers Branch calling on Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session.

Direct Action Texas’ executive director Daniel Greer spoke at the event on the topic of election integrity, specifically missed opportunities to secure Texas elections ahead of 2020. Full remarks are attached to this article.

Election integrity is one of the 11 issues part of the Lone Star Agenda, formulated following the purple legislative session.

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Election Integrity Roundup 10.27.19

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

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15 Charged in Connection with Voter Fraud Scheme

On Thursday 15 individuals were formally charged with illegal voting, save one defendant who was charged with both illegal voting and engaging in organized election fraud.

This particular group of individuals and others are connected to a plot that’s been in the news for some time stemming from the 2017 municipal elections in Edinburg, Texas.

Earlier this year, the mayor and his wife were arrested. A business associate of the mayor is also alleged to have been part of the conspiracy.

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that the City Secretary, in charge of facilitating local elections, was charged and would therefore not be administering the 2019 municipal election currently underway.

Making news this week in the ongoing saga was a comment from a family member of one of the accused.

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Avoid California Election Policy, Expand Efforts to Expose Fraud

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During the 2019 legislative session, Texas lawmakers failed to pass meaningful election integrity reforms and without a special session call, in 2020 there will be serious concern over mail-in ballot fraud, voter intimidation and illegal votes being cast in Teas elections.

While the needle didn’t move in a positive direction during the session, efforts to pass bills that would further undermine trust in Texas elections were in large part avoided, such as same-day voter registration.

Earlier this month, California instituted a more aggressive same-day voter registration regime than had previously been in place, a move that is likely to increase claims of illegal voting in a state that has a history of thwarting attempts to clean up its elections.

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Media gets it wrong, again

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It seems every chance they get, the liberal media in Texas offers reminders they are committed to misleading viewers and readers about election administration including voter roll upkeep.

The latest item to precipitate a misinformation retread, Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that former Secretary of State David Whitley is headed on to projects outside of the Governor’s office.

A quick read of reporting on this latest installment of the media’s obsessive tracking of Whitley shows inaccuracies that need to be amended.

Contrary to reporting by outlets including KXAN, Whitley did not start the list maintenance effort in March 2018. Whitely was not elevated to Secretary of State until December 2018. Prior to being appointed, Whitely served in the Governor’s appointment office.

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Will Governor Abbott defy President Trump?

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Dealing with non-citizens voting in Texas elections has become an unnecessary game of cat and mouse.

A recently reported effort by the Census Bureau is the latest flare-up and another front on which the left is fighting as it works to harbor illegal voters on Texas voting rolls.

On October 2, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a request from the Census Bureau requesting a monthly dataset including driver’s license and citizenship status information for those who have registered with the state.

As of this week, the DPS has not yet complied with the request, but it should. More on this shortly.

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