Left Aggressively Working to Undermine Convictions
The cause of identifying and stopping voter fraud is gaining steam in Texas and nationwide, a movement growing despite efforts to kill it with bully tactics and fake news.
This push brings with it a growing spotlight on fraud prosecutions and convictions, a growing trend that undermines a key talking point from some on the left, namely, that voter fraud doesn’t exist.
Of course, a more accurate sentiment from fraud deniers and certainly the true spirit animating their denials is, voter fraud should not be prosecuted or in fact possible. This position better encapsulates the desires of those working to erode our democracy, undermining the value of the vote by excusing vote theft tactics along with allowing non-citizens or disqualified participants to vote.
Recently, the ACLU has taken up the cause of Crystal Mason, a woman who was convicted of illegally voting while on parole for tax fraud.
Mason, filled out a provisional ballot and voted after she attempted to vote but was told she was not registered. That provisional ballot comes with an unavoidable disclaimer. Here’s the full text, it’s in bold at the very top of the ballot, impossible to miss:
TO BE COMPLETED BY VOTER: I am a registered voter of this political subdivision and in the precinct in which I’m attempting to vote and have not already voted in this election (either in person or by mail). I am a resident of this political subdivision, have not been finally convicted of a felony or if a felon, I have completed all of my punishment including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or I have been pardoned. I have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote. I understand that giving false information under oath is a misdemeanor, and I understand that it is a felony of the 2nd degree to vote in an election for which I know I am not eligible.
According to “reporting” sympathetic to Mason’s cause, she claims that she did not sign anything stating she could not vote on probation. She signed her provisional ballot, so she did sign something stating just that.
What’s interesting about the defense of Mason by the ACLU is the argument being used. It’s not that she didn’t know she was not allowed to vote, it’s that the vote didn’t count.
While Mason’s vote didn’t count, there are hundreds if not thousands of votes cast by ineligible individuals that did have been counted in recent elections. WFAA reported in February on ineligible felons voting in the 2018 general election.
The ACLU is part of a patchwork of organizations and individuals who worked against efforts by lawmakers to write into law a process for checking for and removing ineligible voters from Texas voter rolls.
During the recently concluded legislative session, a push for more secure balloting and the election administration was pushed for by some and killed by a few.
Progress comes to the persistent and the time between now and 2021 will be crucial to ensure efforts in the next session are successful. Efforts, including the discovery of ongoing election fraud, engaging citizens, educating lawmakers and reforming the legislature itself.