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Counties NOT Required to Check Potential Non-Citizens

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Counties are not required to investigate and remove potential non-citizens registered to vote in Texas elections.

This week, Director of Elections in the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Keith Ingram confirmed that counties are not statutorily required to act on information sent to them by the SoS. Potentially tens of thousands of non-citizens have been identified by the SoS as registered to vote.

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Media Mischaracterizes Whitley’s Confirmation

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When the appointed chief elections officer of the state of Texas won’t play political games with grandstanding senators, it’s safe to say he’s a keeper.

It’s also safe to say, the yellow journalists on 9th have reached shameful levels of lobbying against David Whitley, lobbying that continued after yesterday’s hearing.

Whitley, appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in December to Secretary of State has been working with counties to verify the citizenship status of registered voters. This is a required activity for the Secretary of State to perform.

At a hearing yesterday before the Nominations Committee, Whitley avoided missteps and provided more context for what’s been happening over the last month and year as it regards safeguarding Texas elections.

Just how well did it go?

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Missing: Vigilance on Election Integrity

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Yesterday, we heard two states of the fill in the blank speeches. Neither mentioned a topic of great concern to Texans and Americans, election integrity.

Both speeches, delivered by Governor Abbott and President Trump respectively were followed by rebuttals from Democrats. Predictably, in both venues, Democrats had strong messages on the topic of elections.

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Direct Action Texas Statement on State of the State Address

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Governor Greg Abbott today set out his emergency priorities for the 2019 legislative session. While a few of his priority issues are commendable, the notable absence of election integrity from his speech was a missed opportunity for Abbott to lead.

Shock at Abbott’s balk was expressed across the board. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith tweeted, “Wasn’t expecting this –> Unless I missed it, the words “voter” and “fraud” did not appear in @GovAbbott’s speech.”

Democrat members of the Texas House in response to the STOS took the opportunity to pound Abbott on election integrity, specifically attacking list maintaince activities the Secretary of State is currently performing. Avoiding the topic appears to have had no effect in muting push back.

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Alert: Democrats Signal More Pressure on Elections

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This evening failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver a rebuttal to the President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Abrams lost her bid to become governor of Georgia to former Secretary of State Brian Kemp on November 6, 2018. Her run was used to attack routine voter roll upkeek in messaging that was not confined to Georgia but projected nationally.

Since being elected, President Trump has made it a point to call out voter fraud, a practice that many Democrats dismiss out of hand despite prosecutions and convictions. In Texas, convictions are on the rise.

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