Posts by Daniel Greer

HB 2909 Special Interest Spin Debunked

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Thus far, the session has been a disappointment for conservatives, a fact that appears unlikely to change in the waning days of the biennial blitzkrieg.

What’s true generally, and especially in the case of election integrity efforts, is conservatives are operating in good faith. Special interest groups (i.e. vendor advocates), laughably masquerading as independent activists are not.

The latest push from this lot is opposition to HB 2909 as amended by the Senate. Here we’ll examine some of the talking points being trotted out against concurring with HB 2909 and why a committee compromise (while we may support it) is unlikely to materialize.

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DAT Calls on Klick to Concur with HB 2909

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While the fight for more comprehensively secure elections is currently on hold, following the demise of Senate Bill 9 in the Texas House, there are other measures that Texans should be pushing for lawmakers to advance in the waning days of the 2019 session.

HB 2909, by Representatives Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) and Mike Lang (R-Granbury) was passed by the Senate yesterday where it is being carried by a bipartisan cohort including Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) and Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville).

After being amended, HB 2909 is heading back to the House.

Direct Action Texas is calling on Chairman Klick and members of the House to pass the bill as-is, concurring with amendments, so that the bill can be sent to the Governor and signed into law.

The bill, as written and amended, is an omnibus bill dealing with the nuts and bolts of election administration. Committee hearings in both chambers, like the bill’s authorship, resulted in a mix of support from election groups on both the right and left.

As written, HB 2909 will add a crucial component to Texas elections, a backup regime that can be used to verify election results.

This session has been an embarrassment for elected officials in the House who claim to be strong advocates and proponents of well administered and upright elections. Passage of HB 2909 would take steps towards improving elections in Texas.

Call on Chairman Klick to move the bill out of the House as amended by the Senate. Her phone number is (512) 463-0599.

SB9 Hearing Observations

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Yesterday, the Texas House Elections Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 9 (SB9), an election integrity and administration bill that clarifies and strengthens Texas Election Code.

The hearing was pure progressive theater lead off by Williamson County Election Administrator Chris Davis at 8:00 AM on Wednesday and ending at nearly 1:00 AM on Thursday morning. Minus time spent on the House floor, the hearing was still lengthy.

That time was spent mostly on false narratives meant to deter ensuring accurate elections.

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House Elections Committee in Gear. Check it out.

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Monday is a big day in the Texas Elections Committee in the Texas House. Five bills from the Senate have been scheduled for a hearing and all have merit. Below is a review of the bills on the calendar for Monday. This is part one of a two-part series, part two will cover the remaining bills that need to be heard in committee.

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School District Employee Arrested for Voter Fraud

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This week an East Texas woman was arrested for election fraud after she was found to have filled out multiple absentee ballots. Carolyn Lewis, a 68-year-old woman employed by the Chapel Hill Independent School District was arrested and placed on administrative leave.

Local station KETK reported Lewis in her interview said that the white candidates would not be good for the school, “we felt like the white people were gonna clown because this is the first time that we have ever seen this many in it.”

The arrest came after the Smith County Elections Administrator found four absentee ballots witnessed by the same individual. Following the discovery the Smith County District Attorney’s office was alerted to this violation of the Texas Elections Code.

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