DAT joins effort to restore trust in Midland elections

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This week, Direct Action Texas agreed to partner with Better Bond for Midland to investigate a recent bond election in Midland, Texas.

This election is an important one to examine, as it illuminates important correctable flaws and exposes tactical approaches that can be countered to slow runaway bureaucratic creep.

Before getting to the specifics of the election, note, this is no longer about the bond itself but about a process that has undermined trust in our form of governance.

A press release issued this week announcing DAT’s involvement laid out the key issue with the current state of play.

“Despite, looming questions about a faulty election, no explanation for discrepancies in vote totals have been given. In fact, to date, voting machines remain unopened and unverified by Better Bond for Midland.”

In an election that has been marred by allegations of political electioneering by district employees, the result has been in question and remains in question. Moving forward with such results is untoward.

On election night, unofficial results showed the bond as having passed (despite it actually trailing by 30 votes). Then, when official results were released, the measure failed by 25 votes. The official results included uncounted provisional and remaining mail-in ballots.

A recount was called for and conducted last weekend. In the middle of the night, the measure was said to have passed by 11 votes but the final tally of votes considered in the recount was 800+ votes fewer than votes reportedly counted on election night.

The correct response to such a disparity by all involved is a full and transparent investigation.

Recent polling conducted by the Texas Lyceum suggests trust in Texas elections is waning.

The polling, which tracks national polls showing overall distrust in the administration of elections, revealed only 53% of Texans believe ineligible voters are very or somewhat well prevented from voting.

MISD school board president Rick Davis, appearing on a radio station following the 72-hour canvass stated the board would be issuing bonds on January 1. This posture toward the election is incorrect and should be amended.

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