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Court Rules Against Plano in Harrison Case

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Today the 401st District Court Ruled in favor of Tom Harrison, canceling the scheduled recall election against him.

Earlier this year democrats and city officials sought to recall Tom Harrison from the City Council. They used as their motive a controversial Facebook post by Mr. Harrison, however the real motivation is Mr. Harrison’s insistence on being a conservative voice on council and refusing to simply rubber stamp the wishes of the mayor and city manager. A recall petition was carried out, however they used an erroneous calculation for the number of signatures needed to gain ballot access.

At issue was whether one needed to use the “last” election turnout or some other nebulous random election’s turnout as the basis for calculating the number of signatures needed. The city chose to use a 2015 election turnout numbers instead of the most recent election turnout.

In the ruling the presiding judge stated “The Court finds based on clear and convincing evidence the the word “last” is included” [in the City charter]. During the trial Mr. Harrison’s attorneys uncovered multiple different versions of the city charter, causing confusion as to which was the accurate copy.

Mr. Harrison’s attorney, Art Martinez DeVara stated he was very pleased with the decision by the court. Mr. DeVara was particularly pleased that the judge disallowed the city from adding to the charter by “interpretation”, as using the 2015 election numbers was a “creative” interpretation the city was attempting to get away with.

By following the city charter and using the last election’s turnout as the basis for calculating how many signatures were needed for the petition to be valid, the petition against Tom Harrison came in short. The election is called off by the order.

Not only did the judge rule against the City of Plano, he also ordered the city to pay Mr. Harrison’s attorney’s fees within 30 days.

Congratulations Tom Harrison.

 

READ FULL COURT DECISION HERE.

Citizen Files to Have Dallas Elections Administrator Removed from Office.

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Earlier today Dallas attorney, J.J. Koch, filed a petition to have a jury hear the case on the removal of Dallas County Elections Administrator from her elected office. This comes on the heels of  WFAA breaking a story last week that Toni Pippins-Poole, the Dallas Elections Administrator, was shaking down the county’s vendors for cash. In that story, they share various communications where Pippins-Poole is pressuring vendors to “sponsor” various activities she is involved in. One vendor replied asking where to send the cash, in the past they simply gave it to Toni. Read More

DAT Files Election Complaint on Dallas County – 4th County

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Today Direct Action Texas (DAT) filed its 4th criminal complaint with the Texas Secretary of State’s office regarding election violations in as many counties.

This last Monday Dallas’ ABC affiliate ran a report on voters who have complained about receiving ballots which they did not apply for. When they requested copies of their alleged applications, voters told reports the handwriting is not theirs, nor the signature. (Watch the WFAA story here)

This came as no surprise to Direct Action Texas, we recognized the handwriting on the application shown on the screen as that of Jose Rodriquez. DAT has compiled an extensive amount of evidence on Mr. Rodriguez. Read More

Bipartisan Support for HB 2139

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Due to the magnitude of the fraud Direct Action Texas has uncovered over the last 2 years, we have been calling for sensible reforms to come out of Austin. One of these is a bill authored by Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy). House Bill 2139 would allow prosecutors to treat organized election fraud activity the same way it would treat other forms of organized crime, raising each penalty level one degree. Testimonies given in the House Committee on Elections revealed overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Election Code Loopholes Hurt Candidates: And Help Harvesters

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Imagine you are a candidate for office.  The votes are in and you are just 50 votes short of victory.  Your race was fiercely competitive and you suspect fraud in the results.  You requested a recount already, it came out with the same results.  If there is fraud, it must be in the mail-in ballots.  What do you do?

Contesting an election is costly and time consuming so a candidate needs all the information possible to determine if he or she should proceed.  One of the first things a candidate will want to see are the mail in ballots and applications.  (For reasoning behind this: The Fort Worth Way)  This sounds like a reasonable request, right?  Not so fast.  There are a few pieces of the Election Code blocking the way.

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