Posts by Christine Welborn

Aaron Harris, Direct Action Texas Drive Reform

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Election fraud in Texas is easier to prosecute thanks to the work of Direct Action Texas (DAT) and Aaron Harris.

In 2018, Harris, then-Executive Director of DAT, sat down with Senator Kelly Hancock to discuss SB5, legislation the group helped craft to curb election fraud after years of uncovering it across the state.

Sen. Hancock, during the podcast, recalled how he worked with Rep. Craig Goldman and Harris on the issue of election reform, stemming in part from DAT’s deep understanding of voter fraud after uncovering it for the first time in 2015.

Since then, the organization has worked to raise the profile of voter fraud, advocating for sound election administration while continuing to investigate fraud and advocating for legislation to address issues encountered during those investigations.

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U.S. Fifth Circuit Rules in Favor of Election Integrity

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously ruled to block the lower court’s order to allow anyone in Texas to vote by mail. It ruled against citizens illegally voting by mail under the provision for disabled voters. The Court dismissed the idea that fear of contracting COVID-19 is a valid disability. The argument for the need for mail-in balloting loses more and more strength as Texas reopens without giant spikes in COVID-19 cases.

“I applaud the Fifth Circuit for staying the federal court’s erroneous decision and preventing widespread mail-in balloting while the case proceeds. Allowing  universal  mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law.”   

Yesterday, the Tarrant County Republican Party filed a motion for leave and an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit Court.

“I am pleased to announce that the Tarrant County Republican Party has filed briefing in federal court opposing the Democrat Party’s attempt to hijack our elections by expanding the vote by mail program in Texas. While we support voting by mail for those who truly need it, there are those who have used the system to commit voter fraud,” said Tarrant GOP Chairman Rick Barnes.

In a press release the Tarrant GOP stated that their concerns with mail-in voting stem from cases of voter fraud uncovered in Tarrant County “reminiscent of organized crime.”

“The Tarrant GOP stands to protect free and fair elections for all voters, and we will not tolerate the abuse of a well-intended system to steal elections,” Barnes concluded.

Direct Action Texas has done extensive work exposing mail-in ballot fraud as well as other types of election fraud in Tarrant County and all over Texas. We have numerous articles in our archives that represent the tip of the iceberg that is election fraud in Texas. 

To learn more about the “Fort Worth Way” click HERE.

To learn more about election fraud arrests in Tarrant County click HERE.

Dallas County Encourages Citizens to Commit Fraud

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In a vote of 4-1 the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted to encourage voters to commit fraud by marking themselves as disabled on applications for ballot by mail when they are in fact healthy. The resolution contradicts Texas law and a recent advisory letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

As outlined in a previous DAT article, this action isn’t truly about protecting the health and safety of citizens, but about increasing voting by mail.

DAT’s own work, as well as the efforts of Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar, and others, have shown mail-in voting to be extremely vulnerable to vote harvesting, theft of ballots, forgery, and other forms of fraud. This Dallas County decision endorses one of those fraudulent activities, falsely claiming disability.

The resolution was put forward by Commissioner John Wiley Price and seconded by Commissioner Theresa Daniel. Price defended his resolution by speaking about the practices of ballot by mail in other states such as Oregon and Washington. He fails to recognize that those states adopted ballot by mail through their legislatures and Governors, not County officials thwarting the established law. 

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Constitutional Victory

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Justice Larry Doss was victorious in his election contest and will have a new election against his challenger Steven Denny. Denny won the race for the 7th Court of Appeals by 319 votes, however, it was later discovered that Cochran and Collingsworth Counties omitted this race from their ballots. The citizens of those counties were disenfranchised, and their votes and voices were taken from them.

That was the general ruling of Judge Stacy Trotter of the 358th District Court. He stated that the omissions kept “1,214 eligible voters from Cochran and Collingsworth counties from participating in this election and voting for and selecting the candidate of their choice.”

It is comforting to know that there are courts in Texas that still protect the constitutional rights of citizens. The citizens of all 46 counties in the 7th Court of Appeals District should see this race on their Republican Primary Runoff ballot in July.

The ruling now begs the question, why did Doss have to pay for a contest when this race so clearly should have been voided? Direct Action Texas has reached out to the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican Party County Chairmen of both Cochran and Collingsworth for comment on why these races were certified, but we have received no responses. 

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Two Counties Disenfranchised in GOP Judicial Race

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The 7th Court of Appeals serves 46 counties and this year Chief Justice and Place 4 were on the GOP Primary ballot for all but two of them. Voters in Cochran County and Collingsworth County were denied the right to vote in these races because they were left off the ballot

Civil Rights Violated

The Chief Justice race was uncontested, but the race for Place 4 was decided by only 319 votes. Challenger Steven Denny received 46,002 votes to the incumbent Larry Doss’s 45,683 votes. Cochran County had a 26% turnout with 458 casting a ballot. Collingsworth County had a turnout of 38% with 723 voters. These are small counties, but either could have flipped the election. However, these voters were not given the opportunity to vote. The voices of 1181 citizens were silenced, and their civil rights were violated.

How Did This Happen?

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