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Texas GOP Convention Going Forward?

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If a betting market exists for whether the GOP convention will take place in Houston or virtually, smart money at this point is on virtual.

This is bad news for the GOP.

On a town hall call, Chairman James Dickey stated that a virtual convention is not ideal for the majority of delegates. He’s right.

As a quick refresher.

The Texas GOP has planned for months to host an in-person convention in Houston. Now that hyped Marxist rioting has subsided and COVID19 case counts are on the rise, rancor for a second shutdown is ratcheting up.

This energy is being funneled by both Democrats and Republicans toward canceling the in-person convention in Houston.

Last week, GOP party leadership, months after it began furtively devising a virtual-only convention contingency plan, moved to adopt rules needed to implement the secretive solution.

An online-hostage-at-home convention is not popular with the party faithful, with love for the technological failsafe largely confined to eggheads overly concerned by derision from the cackling hordes on the left.

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ALERT: Voters do not have to wear masks

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With increased confusion around mask mandates, we’ve received multiple complaints from voters who have been turned away from the polls for not wearing a mask.

Voters can not be forced to wear a face mask to vote according to guidance from the Texas Secretary of State issued ahead of the run-off election.

There is no authority under Texas law to require voters to wear face coverings when presenting to vote.Secretary of State

Further, if you are wearing a mask, an election judge may request that you lower your mask to make a positive identification when checking you in to vote.

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Hybrid GOP Convention > 100% Digital Option

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Monday it was rumored and yesterday it was reported, that the Texas Republican Party is considering a change of venue for its state convention.

On Thursday, the State Republican Executive Committee will meet via conference call to weigh options, including keeping the in-person date in Houston, relocation, or transitioning to an all-virtual convention.

In these considerations, one thing is certain, the SREC should not face a binary choice between in-person or virtual-only when it comes to facilitating the biannual gathering.

There should be a third option on the table.

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Election Integrity Roundup 6.29.2020

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country. Some of these stories may have already been shared via our social media accounts, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Early Voting Starts Today

Texas’ delayed primary run-off election is starting today and now that we have substantially more information about the spread of the novel coronavirus it’s clear that voting in-person can be done safely.

In multiple elections across the country, despite threats of death from journalists, there has been a distinct lack of case spikes following in-person voting during the pandemic.

What we have seen in repeated elections from Wisconsin, to Georgia to New Jersey is report, after report, after report of mail-in balloting gone awry.

If you see something out of the ordinary at your polling place, mail-in balloting activity, or know someone with a story to tell, reach out to us via phone at 877-385-VOTE (8683) or 877-267-VOTA to visit en Espanol.

To send a tip via email use tips@directactiontx.com.

Fraud in Bexar Co. Alleged

A week before the run-off election, members of the Democrat party in Bexar Co. are suing a candidate for Party Chair, Grace Rose Gonzales, alleging she committed fraud

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Aaron Harris, Direct Action Texas Drive Reform

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Election fraud in Texas is easier to prosecute thanks to the work of Direct Action Texas (DAT) and Aaron Harris.

In 2018, Harris, then-Executive Director of DAT, sat down with Senator Kelly Hancock to discuss SB5, legislation the group helped craft to curb election fraud after years of uncovering it across the state.

Sen. Hancock, during the podcast, recalled how he worked with Rep. Craig Goldman and Harris on the issue of election reform, stemming in part from DAT’s deep understanding of voter fraud after uncovering it for the first time in 2015.

Since then, the organization has worked to raise the profile of voter fraud, advocating for sound election administration while continuing to investigate fraud and advocating for legislation to address issues encountered during those investigations.

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