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DAT Statement on Secretary of State Speech

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Direct Action Texas commends Secretary of State David Whitley’s remarks kicking off the legislative session.

This week the legislature convened and the opening ceremonies in the House were led by the newly appointed Secretary. In carrying out his duties, calling the legislature to order, Whitley took time to highlight his offices’ duty administering our electoral process.

Notably, election administration was prioritized, a departure from recent prior speeches by Whitley’s predecessors.

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Troubling Audit Further Impacting Voter Rolls?

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In the fall of 2018 Direct Action Texas called on Governor Greg Abbott to ensure ineligible individuals were removed from Texas’ voter roll.

At the time, there were reportedly over 280,000 non-citizens potentially registered to vote. However, based on a December audit of the Department of Public Safety’s driver’s licenses division, that number could be higher.

According to the State Auditor’s office drivers licenses in Texas are being issued without proper information and supporting documentation.

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Committee Report Calls for Action

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Following the 2017 legislative session, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick formed the Select Committee on Election Security to examine shortcomings in our election system.

In early December the committee issued a report detailing an uptick in fraud investigations and prosecutions before calling for specific actions.

According to the report, in 2018 the Attorney General’s elections division resolved 97 cases of election fraud through prosecutions. This figure includes convictions, deferred adjudications, and diversion with a stipulation of guilt.

In addition, the AG’s office has a backlog of 63 open investigations, with 59 election fraud offenses pending prosecution. This caseload represents a significant increase at a time when Texans are being told voter fraud doesn’t exist.

Stats and figures in the report were accompanied by anecdotes.

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Direct Action Texas Announces Executive Director and Key Promotion

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Direct Action Texas is pleased to announce the hiring of Daniel Greer and the promotion of Christine Welborn.

Daniel joins Direct Action Texas to serve as Executive Director after running a nonprofit focused on money in politics and operating a political research firm. Daniel has served in several capacities in and around the Texas conservative movement since 2006.

Christine Welborn, a crucial part of Direct Action Texas’ success to date, is being promoted to Director of Election Integrity.

Christine’s promotion is long due and well deserved. Tracking down and exposing election fraud in Texas for 3 years, Christine is a go-to resource for identifying fraudulent behavior in elections.

“I don’t know where we would be without Christine, and I’m proud to have worked closely with her for over 4 years,” said Aaron Harris.

Direct Action Texas congratulates outgoing Executive Director Aaron Harris on his role as Chief of Staff to incoming U.S. Congressman Lance Gooden. Harris will move to an advisory position on the Board of Directors.

“We’re entering 2019 with an energized team and a growing number of Texans concerned with and focused on election integrity.”

Onward.

 

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