Posts by Daniel Greer

Lack of Transparency Undermining Trust in Elections

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What is Travis County hiding?

Asked for election records in December, the county initially tried to ignore the request. Only after being asked to comply 30 days later did the county send an extravagant bill of $6,000 for record production.

This obscene cost (for a subset of election records) is being contested, and the county will be forced to relinquish records at far less to no cost one way or another.

Still, being forced to wrangle election records from bureaucrats undermines trust in elections.

Lawmakers should again work to streamline access and eliminate the cost of obtaining election records. During the 2019 session, SB 902 by Senator Hughes was passed and signed into law requiring all election records to be available to the public no later than 15 days after the election and for a cost of no more than $50.

This level of transparency is possible; we’ve experienced it on an ongoing basis in the case of Tarrant County. Travis County is light years behind when it comes to the speed and ease of access to records.

That Travis County and many other Democrat lead counties (Harris and Dallas), for that matter, haven’t invested in technology to empower transparency is telling.

In addition to running afoul of Texas law on the cost to record production, Travis county has run well past its deadline for compliance.

This request was received by Travis County on December 17, 2020, and ignored until January 25, 2021.

Ignored isn’t the correct term to use. The email was actually opened more than 100 times between the date it was sent, and a response was finally made.

Travis County, in this instance and others, is flaunting Texas open government laws. A complaint has been filed with the Attorney General’s office.

Quick take: Clean up voter rolls before surging ranks

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Ahead of the legislative session, several election policy ideas are making the rounds. To date, there are more bad than good, but this, as in past sessions, will change.

This morning, Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin) suggested mandating the Secretary of State send voter registration materials to high schoolers.

Setting aside the “wisdom” of such a maneuver, it’s putting the cart before the proverbial horse.

Texas voter rolls, like those in many states, have been neglected for years. In large part, this is due to aggressive resistance, including vexatious litigation by Democrats and their allies.

Previously covered and part of this record of keeping voter rolls dirty are efforts to stop the removal of dead voters and non-citizens from the rolls.

Currently, list maintenance isn’t mandated and there’s no recourse for local officials derelict in their duty of securing the vote in Texas by keeping voter rolls clean. This must change.

A clearly defined process with an accountability mechanism is needed.

Don’t read what’s not written, this isn’t a generalization about the current state of play in every county in Texas.

There are some counties working to keep voter rolls in shape. Change of address, death, and felon removals are happening just not consistently across the state.

Before aggressively adding to the size of voter rolls, an action in search of a problem as more than 80% of Texans are registered to vote, Texas must clean up the rolls as they are currently constituted.

DIRECT ACTION TEXAS FINDS PROGRESSIVE ENGAGEMENT IN TEXAS ELECTIONS

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WACO, TEXAS — Progressive activists have been aggressively working to undermine Texas elections, a push that is likely to continue.

The shape of these efforts includes subversion of election law by local officials, vexatious litigation, and seeding false narratives. Direct Action Texas (DAT) has been tracking these incursions all year.

Yesterday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) tweeted she was headed to Georgia to make sure Democrats win two key Senate seats but did you know she had staffers monitoring Texas’ election?

Tarrant County’s recently completed election featured an AOC attache reported by DAT Board member Chris Putnam on Monday. While this activity may have been aimed at winning this election, the presence will also serve as information gathering for future cycles.

DAT will be watching for policies and activities, including extending the vote to non-citizens and illegal immigrants, being advocated nationwide in the coming weeks and months.

Texas lawmakers must move election integrity bills this session to fortify our elections against the machinations of the left.

Was there a national progressive presence in your county? Give us a call at 1-877-267-VOTE (8683) or send an email to tips@directactiontx.com so we can track this network of progressive activism in Texas elections.

DIRECT ACTION TEXAS REJECTS RUSH TO PASS OVER VOTER FRAUD

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In the days following the 2020 election, media outlets and Democrat politicians are working on setting up a strawman on the topic of election fraud cases. The goal, minimize, and move past fraud as fast as possible.

Direct Action Texas has been investigating and proving mail-in ballot fraud for years, and there’s one thing in common with these efforts, they take time.

While there will be a tremendous amount of energy and manpower quickly allocated to swing states that will decide the presidential election, fraud in Texas elections will take more time to discover.

Senator Sarah Eckhardt yesterday suggested that evidence of election fraud in Texas should be presented immediately or forgotten. Sorry, that’s not how this works.

“Direct Action Texas is in the early stages of investigating several allegations of fraud following this election. There will be actionable complaints that arise from these starts,” according to Direct Action Texas Executive Director Daniel Greer.

In addition to applying an artificial and rapid time constraint, setting the bar at “mass” fraud isn’t the standard. One vote stolen or illegally cast is a vote that disenfranchises a legal vote, worth investigation, and prosecution.

Several Texas lawmakers and leaders have announced awards for election fraud tips that lead to prosecutions, including Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Before the election, Don Huffines, a Dallas-area businessman, and former Senator, announced a partnership with Direct Action Texas. To submit a tip, 1-877-267-VOTE (8683) or email tips@directactiontx.com.

DIRECT ACTION TEXAS: NEW YORK TIMES DEBASES ITSELF FURTHER

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WACO, TEXAS — Direct Action Texas condemns the irresponsible messaging tactics being deployed by the mainstream media suggesting fraud hasn’t taken place anywhere.

Today’s New York Times front-page headline claiming no fraud has been found nationwide amounts to an Obi-Wan Kenobi wave; this isn’t the election you need to check for fraud.

It’s indisputable there was election fraud in 2018 and 2019. Yet, in this, the most consequential election of our lifetime, the official media position is, there’s no fraud. This painfully illogical stance serves as another example of how far down the propagandist path the media has wandered.

“It’s more likely that fraud would take place and at a higher rate of instance than prior cycles given the gravity of the election,” stated Direct Action Texas Executive Director Daniel Greer.

As the media continues to cover for a flawed and likely fraud filled election, activists from across the nation are descending on swing states to uncover mismanagement and fraud the press has and will continue to suppress.

Meanwhile, election counting is still not complete, including provisional ballots in swing states. Allegations of fraud in Arizona, including curbside voting irregularities, ballots being delivered to and harvested from homes, and coaching to mismark ballots, remain to be adjudicated.

These and allegations from other states have severely degraded trust in the result of this election. Papering over the myriad objectively significant issues already identified with this election’s administration does more harm than good.

More activity, like the statewide recount ordered by Georgia’s Secretary of State, will be needed in contested states to begin the process of rebuilding trust in not only this but future elections.

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