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Media gets it wrong, again

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It seems every chance they get, the liberal media in Texas offers reminders they are committed to misleading viewers and readers about election administration including voter roll upkeep.

The latest item to precipitate a misinformation retread, Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that former Secretary of State David Whitley is headed on to projects outside of the Governor’s office.

A quick read of reporting on this latest installment of the media’s obsessive tracking of Whitley shows inaccuracies that need to be amended.

Contrary to reporting by outlets including KXAN, Whitley did not start the list maintenance effort in March 2018. Whitely was not elevated to Secretary of State until December 2018. Prior to being appointed, Whitely served in the Governor’s appointment office.

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End of Rolling Polling Enrages Left

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Reliably knowing the location of a polling place and that the location won’t change during an election is common sense when the focus is on the voter. Further, if a polling location is vital for maximum participation keeping it open for the entire election would be prioritized.

Neither of these observations is of concern to the left or its media handmaidens, a fact made clear by the handwringing over rolling polling ending.

Until this year, polling places could change locations during early voting. One day a polling place might be placed at a grocery store only to be moved to a shopping mall or other location the next. This is problematic if you’re a voter passing by the grocery store location thinking it will be there tomorrow. But, what’s bad for the voter is great for harvesters.

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Election Integrity Fact vs. Fiction

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Over three months after the end of the 86thLegislative Session, myths and deceptive talking points still fill the narrative on the fate of election integrity. The truth is that Texas elections remain highly vulnerable and that the vast majority of legislation aimed at combating fraud failed to make it through the legislature. 

Senate Bill 9

Senate Bill 9 (SB9) by Senator Bryan Hughes was the omnibus bill that was to carry many of the needed reforms to prevent and prosecute election fraud. It would have increased criminal penalties for election fraud as well as adding civil penalties. The bill increased restrictions on illegal assistance and added limitations on countywide polling. Election code language about poll watchers and signature verification committees would have been improved. Verification of election accuracy would have been enhanced with new criteria for automatic recounts and by implementing risk limiting audits. It closed loopholes in the registration process and eliminated barriers for interstate cross check. Finally, it would have required a paper trail for every cast ballot.

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Direct Action Texas Joins Conservative Leaders Calling for Special Session

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This week, Direct Action Texas joined a dozen conservative groups calling on Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas legislature. Actual deficiencies in public policy went unaddressed during the 2019 session, the immediate negative impacts will compound as the interim continues.

Groups represented on the letter cover important policy areas including 2nd Amendment rights, tax relief, pro-life, and election integrity among others. All of the signers are invested in seeing the commonsense platform of the Lone Star Agenda accomplished, now.

The letter comes at a time when Texas Republicans appear especially rudderless.

Beginning in November 2018, there has been a brute force effort to have Texas Republicans abandon the conservative principals that have made Texas the most prosperous state in the nation.

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Hand-wringing Over Illegal Voting Conviction Part of Larger Agenda

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In the last 48 hours, multiple progressive websites have published articles defending illegal voting in Texas, specifically citing the case of convicted criminal Crystal Mason.

We’ll address the Mason case again shortly, first, let’s examine what might be precipitating the PR push.

In part, it’s timing as leftwing groups appeal the Mason conviction but it might also be needed to combat recent polling that shows 77% of Texas Democrats agree that ineligible voters should be prevented from voting.

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