Election Integrity Round-Up 5.3.2020
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.
Wisconsin wasn’t a debacle
This week, experts admitted what’s been apparent for weeks, there was no spike in coronavirus cases in Wisconsin due to in-person voting.
The message that in-person elections are safe when appropriately executed has to be hammered home and repeated because the media is hell-bent on ignoring reality to drive fear and unnecessary changes ahead of November.
In an age of disinformation and media manipulation, the only way to overcome the noise is to repeat the message.
Take, for instance, the sound practice of Voter ID. In Texas, when the law was being debated, the media boosted the false talking point that the policy would disenfranchise voters.
Polling at the time showed this sentiment was adopted by the public and the policy was unpopular. Still, Republicans lead and passed the law.
Fast forward to today, Voter ID has been in place for several cycles; it has not to lead voter suppression, and since the media is not boosting false talking points, the practice enjoys bipartisan support.
It’s crucial for state leaders, including Governor Abbott, not cave to contrived pressure.
Voter ID in Kentucky
Kentucky lawmakers recently overrode a veto to implement Voter ID.
The tantrum against good governance may be short-lived as the measure passed the Senate and House by wide enough margins to overcome a veto.
Secretary of State Michael Adams urged the override.
Millions of mail-in ballots missing
As Democrats push in Congress for universal mail-in voting across the U.S. and sue for expanded use in several states including Texas, more data undermining the practice is coming to light.
In the last six years, between 2012 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots remain unaccounted for, this according to data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.
Why the ballots are missing isn’t clear from the data but reveals a problem with mail-in ballots, unaccountability in the election system.
Last week, two lawsuits were filed to stop universal mail-in voting by the First Amendment lawyer famous for his work on the Citizens United case.
Both cases note that voter rolls are filled with individuals ineligible to vote, moving to universal balloting by mail will remove the fraud protection of having to apply for a mail-in ballot.
During the April primary in Wisconsin, three tubs of ballots were misplaced at a post office only to be discovered after the election.
Speaking of Wisconsin
For the hand wringing and hyperbole over Wisconsin citizens risking life and limb to vote in-person this month, Politico reported last week 7 people may have contracted the illness from voting-related activities.
Contrary to the narrative bound to come from the left, these seven and subsequent cases are just as likely to have come from activities that have not ceased, like shopping for groceries.
Nearly 400,000 voters took part and cast ballots. Before the election, it was widely speculated there would be an uptick in COVID19 cases from in-person voting.
A review of state data following the incubation period showed on average new cases was lower 5 and 14 days after the election on average than the week leading up to in-person voting.