Direct Action Texas has obtained a copy of a letter from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) summarizing the results of their investigation into the Hill County 2016 Republican Primary. “In short, we found that a series of negligent errors on the part of election officials caused the skewed ballot count.” It goes on to state “This case highlights that inadequate safeguards exist to prevent such errors in future elections.” The full letter can be read HERE.
Jay Harris is the Republican Precinct Chair of Precinct 4006 in Denton County. However, Mr. Harris doesn’t actually live in Precinct 4006.
Harris owns a property in 4006, where he is also registered to vote, but he actually lives in Precinct 1015. Precinct Chair is not a government position, and is certainly low on the totem pole of party officials, but the precinct chair is supposed to represent their neighbors in the area where they live.
Why should Jay Harris “represent” his precinct, when he lives on the other side of the city?
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
The special session is nearing an end and the Governor’s call for increased penalties for mail in voter fraud has stalled in the House in the form of HB 184.
There is a lot of discussion, driven largely by our office, as to the differences between HB184 by Goldman and HB47 by Schofield. We are fighting FOR HB184;, let me tell you why.
First, let me back up and discuss something that happened during regular session. The TX Legislature passed a bill we now refer to as the “nursing home” bill. This flew under the radar and was added at the last minute as an amendment. This bill opens up every nursing home in Texas to ballot harvesting. It creates an unfunded mandate on every county, and many, many other problematic details. The Democrat party has been bragging about getting this bill passed. One party official even bragged that the Dem party has already calculated this bill will get them nearly 300,000 additional harvested ballots. They did the math;, they wrote the bill;, they got it passed. THIS IS A VERY BIG PROBLEM. This week over 100 county election administrators signed a letter opposing this legislation.
The main difference between HB184 and HB47, both as amended, is that HB184 FULLY REPEALS the nursing home bill. Let me be clear – the “nursing home” bill is flawed at every level, it cannot be “fixed”, but must be repealed. HB47 naively attempts to patch the “nursing home” bill. This is like trying to fix Obamacare. Repeal and Replace is the only viable choice. This difference alone is worth the fight.
Aside from that, HB184 differentiates itself from HB47 in several ways., I’ll list some of them here:
HB184 prohibits electronic signatures on applications and carrier envelopes. HB47 does not.
HB184 requires original copy of applications, no more faxed or emailed mail in applications. HB47 does not.
HB184 adds preservation of ballot materials including canceled ballots and a mandatory reporting to the AG’s office. This is vital to track and document fraud for the long term elimination of it. HB47 does not.
HB184 includes voter impersonation penalties for using a mail in ballot., HB47 does not.
HB184 clarifies that the two signatures on the application and carrier envelope must both be that of the voter, not just match. HB47 does not.
HB184 adds liability to ballot board members who accept invalid signatures. HB47 does not.
HB184 adds new wording to Sec 276.013 of the election code which defines voter fraud more clearly and gives law enforcement the tools they need to go after violators
HB184 simply covers more detail and stitches up the existing problems in a more solid manner. This is largely due to the fact that HB184 was written by a team: from the AG’s office, to Rep. Goldman’s office, Governor’s office, Sen. Hancock’s office and others. HB47 has 9 sponsors, while HB184 has 81 Authors and Co-Authors. 81!
HB184 is the better bill. The clock is running out.
Here are the facts of the Arlington runoff election – VOTERS BEWARE – Roxanne lost in person voting 52/48 – you know when actual human bodies show up and vote. She allegedly won mail in ballots by a massive percentage – 70/30. Now why would the mail in voters be so different from in person voters? Well her campaign finance reports will explain that. All her money went to Murphy Nasica, a firm closely tied to “questionable” local elections. Her largest donor was Linebarger – a firm with ties to almost every major public corruption scandal in Texas and tied to both Dallas and Tarrant County election fraud investigations. Mario Perez, who is Linebarger’s ground guy and a close associate of Craig Murphy, also contributed money and helped on the ground. This isn’t legitimate help folks. Aside from her reports, well known harvesters were working the ground game for Roxanne. They do not appear on her reports, so they either worked directly for Murphy, or were “loaned” by Linebarger/Mario. Marvin WON the in person votes, lost the overall by 3 votes, allegedly.
DAT, nor anyone else, will not have access to the applications and carrier envelopes to review this election until later this year. They count on this. Thankfully this is the last election in which we will not have access to the applications and carriers immediately. HB2559 has been signed into law changing that.
Until then, Arlington gets another election in which voters should have NO confidence the person sitting in the seat actually earned it.
When one lays with dogs they get fleas.
Marvin Sutton – on behalf of the concept of free and fair elections, I apologize to you that we do not have that in Tarrant County.