Posts by Daniel Greer

Tactical Roundup No. 3

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Vote harvesting in Texas is an ongoing problem potentially prone to grow in 2020. How do harvesters know when to collect ballots?

This post is part of an ongoing series covering tactics used to steal elections examining cases from Texas and around the country.

In 2017, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office was reported to have secret audio recordings of a campaign worker claiming he paid off someone inside of the county elections office to figure out when mail-in ballots were sent out to voters.

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86th Session Election Integrity Legislative Review

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This session lawmakers had an opportunity to substantially move the ball on the issue of election integrity. Unfortunately, this did not happen and our analysis suggests the fault for this inaction rests largely with the House.

The Senate moved major bills during the session and with time to spare. Bills removing non-citizens from voter rolls, providing verifiable paper ballot backups, increasing the ability of law enforcement to pursue fraud and measures aimed at curbing in person manipulation of voters passed the Senate. The House is where these bills went to die.

In fact, cutting against the narrative that House leadership allowed bills from across the political spectrum to be heard in committee and receive floor votes, all meaningful election integrity bills were effectively blocked from public debate by all members of the House. Bills that got close to the floor were procedurally bull guarded, redirected to a conference committee where they were either gutted of needed reforms or killed.

During the session, after key reforms were procedurally nixed in the House after missing deadlines and lesser bills were similar being killed we wrote, it’s not acceptable for bills crucial to accurate administration of elections to languish. Action in governing is transparency, and this session has been short on this on the topic of election integrity.

There were hundreds of bills filed related to election law and Direct Action Texas tracked all of them. Our review of the session will detail the most impactful of these measures and some of the antics surrounding their voyage through the legislative process.

While we tracked hundreds of bills, 47 pieces of priority legislation were identified from the House and the Senate. Of these bills, 4.7% were passed out of both bodies and have become law or are waiting to be signed by the governor.

Though the movement on election integrity was paltry, there was movement in the process, a good benchmark of interest in the issue overall and something on which to build during the interim and next legislative session. Bad bills were universally stymied in the Senate and the few that were oddly prioritized by Chairman Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) died before becoming law.

The following review is broken into three sections. Major bills are covered first with a brief play by play followed by groupings of House and Senate bills respectively. With the exception of the first section, bill numbering dictates the order in which bills are presented.

Major Bills

SB 9 – Arguably the most important and comprehensive election integrity bill of the session was SB 9. Passed by the Senate but killed by the House, SB 9 was an omnibus election bill authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) that would have accomplished several things including:

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Rabid Left Coming for Texas

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In case you’ve been hiding under a rock since January, the left is serious about winning in Texas. This thirst to win includes a fight to allow non-citizens to vote in 2020.

There’s little else that can explain the continued obsession with Governor Greg Abbott and his appointee to Secretary of State, David Whitley. Continued attacks on Abbott are meant to send a message, we will protect non-citizens voting and we’ll destroy anyone who gets in our way.

The chosen method of destruction, a mass public relations campaign and threats of litigation. Both can be defeated. The media has been neutered by President Trump time and again on the national/international stage. The level of amplification is certainly smaller given the venue (Texas) and the case that Abbott needs to make is not an overly burdensome one, non-citizens shouldn’t be voting in Texas elections.

News of “shocking” emails interpreted to show Abbott kickstarting an effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls broke yesterday after our article, Democrats Don’t Play Ball. The timing could not have been better.

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Democrats Don’t Play Ball

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David Whitley’s stalkers at 9th and Congress can’t help themselves.

Last week, Whitley who was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in December to be Secretary of State resigned after having his character assassinated over the course of the session by leftist activists, lawmakers, and self-styled reporters. His maligning in the press continues.

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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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