Risk-limiting Audits Needed

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Texas needs risk-limiting audits to rebuild trust in elections.

Right now, the only way an audit of an election occurs in Texas is if there’s a dispute about the result.

A dispute isn’t always triggered and certainly wouldn’t have been for the presidential election in Texas.

Still, there were questions in various counties about election result veracity, doubts that an audit could have allayed.

While narratives by national figures like Michelle Malkin and the Gateway Pundit suggesting electronic in Tarrant County fraud fell flat when challenged, distrust exists that can’t be overcome without an audit.

Not all audits are created equal. Texas needs robust and transparent audits.

The only thing worse than no audit might be an audit that can credibly be criticized like the half-hearted variants on display in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania this cycle.

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Quick take: Clean up voter rolls before surging ranks

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Ahead of the legislative session, several election policy ideas are making the rounds. To date, there are more bad than good, but this, as in past sessions, will change.

This morning, Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin) suggested mandating the Secretary of State send voter registration materials to high schoolers.

Setting aside the “wisdom” of such a maneuver, it’s putting the cart before the proverbial horse.

Texas voter rolls, like those in many states, have been neglected for years. In large part, this is due to aggressive resistance, including vexatious litigation by Democrats and their allies.

Previously covered and part of this record of keeping voter rolls dirty are efforts to stop the removal of dead voters and non-citizens from the rolls.

Currently, list maintenance isn’t mandated and there’s no recourse for local officials derelict in their duty of securing the vote in Texas by keeping voter rolls clean. This must change.

A clearly defined process with an accountability mechanism is needed.

Don’t read what’s not written, this isn’t a generalization about the current state of play in every county in Texas.

There are some counties working to keep voter rolls in shape. Change of address, death, and felon removals are happening just not consistently across the state.

Before aggressively adding to the size of voter rolls, an action in search of a problem as more than 80% of Texans are registered to vote, Texas must clean up the rolls as they are currently constituted.

Mason Is No Martyr

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It’s that time again, time for another legal appeal from Crystal Mason, a woman from Dallas convicted of voter fraud after casting an illegal ballot in 2016.

Invariably, every development in Mason’s contrived legal saga is accompanied by a round of media hand wringing. The chief aim of the left’s narrative gambit is to remove all possible barriers to submitting an illegal ballot.

As a brief recap, in 2016, while on parole following a tax fraud conviction, Mason cast a provisional vote for Hillary Clinton. She was barred by law from casting that ballot.

Mason isn’t a voting rights advocate. The continued fight against her rightful conviction is an affront to election integrity and appears to be aimed at undermining enforcement of the law.

Democrat lawmakers have filed legislation to allow convicted felons on parole or otherwise to vote ahead of the 2021 legislative session. Such measures are unlikely to pass but Mason’s never-ending story of a case gives a news hook to talk about these measures doomed for the legislative trash heap.

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Tarrant County vs. Fort Bend County Betrays Weak Election Fraud Supposition

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The internet can be pretty worthless. Take, for instance, incomplete, inaccurate, and irrelevant information being passed around about Tarrant County Elections.

Conspiracy theorists have created conjecture that because Tarrant County’s election administrator is an immigrant from Venezuela and has worked in elections professionally for more than 15 years, including as a programmer for Smartmatic that something untoward took place in the 2020 election in Tarrant County.

The “proof” according to these mental midgets is that Biden narrowly won the county this year.

It’s not a compelling argument. If it were, a similar case could be made for fraud in another Texas county with a similar shift from GOP to Democrat in the past three voting cycles, Fort Bend County.

In fact, the shift in Fort Bend County is arguably worse; the only problem for the grifters and bots peddling the Tarrant County line is there’s no conspiracy juice.

No foreigner to blame. No irrelevant (non-compelling) video of a hearing in the Philippines. No history of the election administrator working for a company mentioned during a press conference last Thursday by a legendary Norwegian squid.

No conspiracy juice.

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WACO, TEXAS — Progressive activists have been aggressively working to undermine Texas elections, a push that is likely to continue.

The shape of these efforts includes subversion of election law by local officials, vexatious litigation, and seeding false narratives. Direct Action Texas (DAT) has been tracking these incursions all year.

Yesterday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) tweeted she was headed to Georgia to make sure Democrats win two key Senate seats but did you know she had staffers monitoring Texas’ election?

Tarrant County’s recently completed election featured an AOC attache reported by DAT Board member Chris Putnam on Monday. While this activity may have been aimed at winning this election, the presence will also serve as information gathering for future cycles.

DAT will be watching for policies and activities, including extending the vote to non-citizens and illegal immigrants, being advocated nationwide in the coming weeks and months.

Texas lawmakers must move election integrity bills this session to fortify our elections against the machinations of the left.

Was there a national progressive presence in your county? Give us a call at 1-877-267-VOTE (8683) or send an email to so we can track this network of progressive activism in Texas elections.

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