Election Integrity Roundup 1.5.20

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country.

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Voter ID Blocked in N.C

Last week, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled North Carolina can not require voter ID in 2020.

Her ruling states the law is “procedurally unobjectional” [read legal] but that it passed too soon after another version was deemed unconstitutional. Biggs rested her ruling on the tried and true legal theory of “something being amiss.”

Recent polling in Texas on Voter ID suggests it’s only controversial when the media and liberals are interested in driving a narrative to stop the practice. As soon as the legal battle is lost, the public, including most Democrats support the common-sense practice.

Judicial overreach has been rampant during the Trump administration as the political left tries to achieve an electoral advantage. Expect more of the same as 2020 looms large.

Midland Bond Election Headed to Court

On Friday, a highly publicized bond election in Midland will be headed to court. For background on what’s transpired to date check out this article. In short, it’s been a complete cluster.

Originally, it was misreported that the hearing would take place on Monday. As with other false claims, this information appears to have come from MISD pro-bond allies.

Currently, MISD has publicly stated it will call for an election of a newly crafted bond. This can be accomplished by rescinding the vote on the currently in-limbo bond measure. No court ruling is needed for this action to take place.

In 2019, the school board met a total of three times in January, the first meeting taking place on January 15, 2019.

A stream of misinformation emanating from MISD and its surrogates have been relayed during the post-election wrangling over this bond. Stay tuned for a resource to cut through the noise.

Double Voting In Iowa?

Last week Iowa’s Secretary of State referred nine voters to county attorneys for allegedly voting twice in the 2018 election.

Double voting may be nefarious or a mistake, the potential for an elderly voter to vote by mail and forget only to walk in and vote in person.

Still, investigations into all irregular voting are needed to ensure faith in our elections does not continue to erode.

The double voting alleged in Iowa was discovered through the state’s participation in an interstate crosscheck. Texas lawmakers have passed a law instructing the Secretary of State to take part in a cross-check but that’s not happening.

Counties Green Lit for County-Wide

Finally, the number of counties in Texas offering county-wide polling is expanding. In December, Dallas, Tarrant, and Hays Counties were approved to use county-wide polling moving forward.

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