Avoid California Election Policy, Expand Efforts to Expose Fraud
During the 2019 legislative session, Texas lawmakers failed to pass meaningful election integrity reforms and without a special session call, in 2020 there will be serious concern over mail-in ballot fraud, voter intimidation and illegal votes being cast in Teas elections.
While the needle didn’t move in a positive direction during the session, efforts to pass bills that would further undermine trust in Texas elections were in large part avoided, such as same-day voter registration.
Earlier this month, California instituted a more aggressive same-day voter registration regime than had previously been in place, a move that is likely to increase claims of illegal voting in a state that has a history of thwarting attempts to clean up its elections.
According to the Los Angeles Times, only sixteen states allow for election day voter registration. The policy when it was adopted in New Hampshire lead to ongoing claims that the system could be abused by out of state voters.
Before New Hampshire adopted same-day registration in 1996, the state had been reliably Republican. Following same-day registration, that prevailing trend was replaced with a Democrat lean.
Currently, the cut off for Texas voters to register is 30 days prior to the election. While voters can register 30 days out from the election, efforts to keep non-qualified voters off of rolls must take place much sooner.
While attempts to implement same-day registration in Texas have been defeated, Texas voter rolls are known to be compromised. Perhaps this known issue is a reason why when polled, Texans are concerned about participation in elections by ineligible voters.
When it comes to keeping up with voter rolls, Texas trails states like Ohio which has been systematically keeping its voter roll more accurate for more than two decades with periodic removal of inactive voters. The Supreme Court in 2018 upheld the practice.
In January 2019, a list maintenance effort was launched in Texas to remove potential non-citizens from voter rolls in Texas. The effort was undermined by database management issues and bad actors uninterested in keeping Texas voter rolls clear of illegally registered individuals.
Texans appear rightly wary of changes to the election law that would further undermine trust in election participation.
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to whine about the end of rolling polling in Texas. In a fantastic twist of irony, the New York Times published an article today written by Michael Wine.
Rolling polling has accurately been criticized as good for vote harvesters but bad for voters. Joe Voter should have reliable polling locations the entire span of early voting, not be held captive by circus nature of moving setting up and moving polling location.
The NYT article states the Texas Association of Election Administrators opposed an end to the practice of rolling polling. Williamson County’s election administrator Chris Davis who testified on the bill heads the association.