Election Integrity Roundup 9.1.19
Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country.
Prisoner Polling Place Proposed
Democrat Harris County Commissioners approved a measure this week to study setting up a polling location at the county jail as early as this November.
County Clerk Diane Trautman is dubious about the prospects for a polling place being established so soon but Democrats running Harris County are certain they will have prison polling in place by the 2020 presidential contest.
Inmates in Texas are eligible to vote by mail as long as they are not already convicted felons with outstanding time on a sentence, probation or parole. A survey of major counties in Texas shows that felon voters prohibited from voting in 2016 voted anyway.
Mexican Citizen Convicted of Voter Fraud
Last week, a California jury convicted a Mexican citizen of identity theft and voter fraud after he was found to have voted multiple times over the past two decades with the identity of a dead U.S. citizen.
Texas had a similar case this year when a Starr County woman was arrested and charged with voter impersonation and illegal voting after submitting an application to vote by mail using a deceased woman’s identity.
The California man convicted of fraud is interesting because he is reportedly a supporter of Donald Trump. Leftwing media members have treated this as some sort of boon, and used it to zing President Trump who, following the 2016 election claimed that millions of votes in California were fraudulent and boosted Hillary Clinton’s overall numbers.
There were likely more cases in California as yet undiscovered and prosecuted that helped Clinton but the case isn’t all sunshine and roses for Democrats.
In fact, if you extrapolate figures from an Old Dominion study of non-citizen participation in the 2008 and 2010 election, 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in the election, and that universe of voters, 81.8 percent voted for Clinton and 17.5 percent voted for Trump.
The case of case pokes holes, two Democrat, talking points. First, the idea that Hispanics are a monolithic block of voters that will turn the country and Texas with it blue is undermined and second that voter fraud especially that requiring impersonation is nonexistent.
Speaking of President Trump, this week he reasserted a claim that he made after the 2016 election, that new Hampshire has issues with its election administration that could adversely affect his reelection bid.
Some in the state are pushing back against the President, claiming his remarks will undermine trust in the state’s execution of the 2020 election.
What’s more likely to undermine confidence in New Hampshire’s elections in 2020 is what has been undermining trust in them for some time, the state’s own election day practices.
New Hampshire, unlike Texas, allows same-day voter registration, meaning a voter can walk into a polling place, register and vote all in one fell swoop. This practice has lead to ongoing claims that the system could be abused by out of state voters.
Before the adoption of same-day registration in 1996, New Hampshire had been a reliably Republican state. Following same-day registration, that parody and a Democrat lean was introduced to the state.
End of Straight Ticket Voting
A new report out of the Austin Community College predicts 16 to 17% of Texas voters in November 2020 will not fill out their entire ballot as a result of the end to straight-ticket voting. 2020 will be the first election without straight-ticket voting since the law was passed in 2017.
Supposedly, this will disproportionately impact the elderly and people of color.
It’s anticipated that the end of straight-ticket voting will increase the number of mail-in ballots, the means of voting most susceptible to fraud.