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Election Integrity Roundup 2.23.2020

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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.

Barcodes DO NOT Contain VUIDs

Confusion in election administration is not good as it undermines trust in elections.

As changes are made to how elections are run rumors about new processes proliferate. Direct Action Texas researches questions and investigates concerning reports to educate voters and ensure trust in elections is maintained.

New machines that produce a paper ballot backup DO NOT have information about the voter casting the ballot contained within printed barcodes.

There have been rumors circulating that the barcode on the ballot contains the VUID of the voter casting the ballot or alternatively that the ballot would be traceable to the voter by reverse engineering.

Obviously, the former would betray the secrecy of the ballot, something that is ensured in the process of certifying election equipment.

Note, the machines on which votes are cast are separate from those that check voters in and assign ballot styles. This bifurcates identifying information about the voter casting the vote.

As for reverse engineering who cast which ballot, this is a process that can be attempted in any vote casting regime and is only reliable in a single voter precinct. Even with check-in times known, ballot casting times vary greatly from person to person.

If you have any questions about equipment or the execution of elections please drop us a line.

Illegal Voting

Ahead of 2020, there are increased concerns about balloting fraud in Texas. While ballot by mail schemes are difficult to pursue and prosecute, they aren’t impossible to crack as has been suggested.

Direct Action Texas has established itself as an expert in the election integrity space, specifically when it comes to cases involving ballot by mail fraud.

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Convicted of Voter Fraud, Maria Ortega in the Process of Being Deported

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Maria Ortega, convicted of voter fraud in 2017 is in the process of being deported. After her initial conviction, which was subsequently upheld in 2019, Ortega spent nearly a year in prison before she was granted parole.

At the time of her conviction, deportation following her sentence was baked in for the lawful permanent resident after she falsified voter registration records and voted.

Since her arrest and over the course of her trial, the left has worked to minimize her case and trivialize her fraud along with voter fraud generally. In Ortega’s case and others, the left portrays perpetrators of fraud as the victims and prosecutions as witch hunts.

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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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