Election Integrity Roundup 2.16.20
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.
Media Manipulation > Russia Boogeyman
This week, Congressional Democrats sought passage of two bills, portrayed by the media as election security measures they were more publicity stunt than responsible lawmaking.
Aimed at continuing the false narrative that foreign interference is significantly impacting American elections, the bills would force campaigns to report contact with foreigners to the FBI and make it illegal for election equipment to be connected to the internet.
In Texas, voting machines are designed to be air-gapped, not connected to the internet, and all but one county in the state have undergone or are undergoing security audits.
The Democrat led House of Representatives is more interested in pushing a narrative than crafting legislation that will deal with the manipulation of elections via ballot harvesting and illegal participation in elections. This week’s bills and the faux outrage over their failure in the Senate are more of the same.
Enrollment Highs Suggest No Need for Online Registration
Texans are registering to vote in record numbers. This week it was reported that 95% of eligible voters in Travis County are registered. Defying logic, with record levels of registration as the backdrop, liberals are calling for online voter registration.
There is no compelling reason to add cost, complexity, and error to Texas’ voter registration regime by implementing automatic or online registration.
In states were automatic registration has become law like California, tens of thousands of ineligible voters including non-citizens have been added to the voter rolls.
The Russian’s only successful penetration of an election system in 2016 was an online voter registration system in Illinois.
Finally, an online voter registration system, also in Illinois was recently shown to have incorrectly registered ineligible individuals.
Texas voter rolls are filled with duplicative, dated and dubious registrations. Any discussion of augmenting the rolls with online registration comes after maintenance.
The rush to digitalize elections is not reserved to clamoring for online voter registration but more problematically being suggested for casting votes.
Seattle-area municipalities are working to move to vote by app and the Washington Post is hyping the push.
Casting votes by text or app might be fine for the selection of the next American Idol but it’s fraught with fraud potential. There are Americans who do not prioritize voting. These people aren’t bad, it’s their choice.
Reporting on voting by app suggests that voting by app is designed to mute the voices of individuals who are most engaged in the process.
Of course, the problems with the system in Seattle are the same that have plagued the black boxes of electronic-only voting since the mid-2000s, the votes are ones and zeros, not reviewable by voters before they are submitted, and potentially hackable.
This system is inferior to the current hybrid systems being commissioned across the country ahead of the 2020 election cycle.
Laughably, the voting by app in Seattle boasts a “signature” verification, you know, the one where a user puts an index finger to a screen and scribbles lines and loops that look nothing like a real signature. This is not verification. This is the degradation of our election system.
And, at the same time that progressives are working to liberalize voting procedures, they are fighting efforts to ensure that voter rolls are accurate and that ineligible individuals including non-citizens are not voting.
The hypocrisy of the left is claiming to respect the vote for all while the votes of citizens are being canceled.