Fighting for election integrity and transparency

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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End of Rolling Polling Enrages Left

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Reliably knowing the location of a polling place and that the location won’t change during an election is common sense when the focus is on the voter. Further, if a polling location is vital for maximum participation keeping it open for the entire election would be prioritized.

Neither of these observations is of concern to the left or its media handmaidens, a fact made clear by the handwringing over rolling polling ending.

Until this year, polling places could change locations during early voting. One day a polling place might be placed at a grocery store only to be moved to a shopping mall or other location the next. This is problematic if you’re a voter passing by the grocery store location thinking it will be there tomorrow. But, what’s bad for the voter is great for harvesters.

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Polling Suggests Immediate Action Needed

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A recent poll conducted by the Texas Lyceum focused among other things on the topic of election integrity and suggests that broad consensus and support exists for proposed reforms to Texas election law.

The poll results are interesting in that both the right and the left have been trumpeting the them but who really has the upper hand? Also, how do polling results dictate the direction and timing of implementing public policy?

Quick aside, as consumers and critics of polls, it’s generally accepted that results tend to be skewed to the left or right based on the poll’s author. For the sake of making observations, we’ll leave bias aside but note polling in Texas tends to show support of conservative policies even in polls conducted by the left.

Before getting to the current polling and what can be gleaned about the pecking order of the right and left on issues of election integrity, let’s look at one of the “surprise” results.

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Bad Ideas From Leftist Panel

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Last week a partisan panel put together by the Texas Tribune helped solidify a few things for the viewing and more likely the not viewing public.

First, the Tribune is biased in its selection and reporting. As we’ve previously highlighted here, here, here, and here the outfit has an agenda to shape state policy in the image prescribed by the left, a political elite more inline with New York and California sensibilities.

Impaneled by the Tribune were a Democrat member of the Texas House, two Democrat County Election Officials, and a Democrat County Clerk. Needless to say, policy prescriptions from this group were predictably bad.

When asked the number one thing she would like to see changed, Representative Celia Israel (D-Austin) said she would like for student IDs to be an acceptable form of voter ID.

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