Missing: Vigilance on Election Integrity

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Yesterday, we heard two states of the fill in the blank speeches. Neither mentioned a topic of great concern to Texans and Americans, election integrity.

Both speeches, delivered by Governor Abbott and President Trump respectively were followed by rebuttals from Democrats. Predictably, in both venues, Democrats had strong messages on the topic of elections.

Stacey Abrams delivered the response to the President’s STOU address. Ahead of the speech Direct Action Texas wrote that elections would be addressed in her remarks. They were, with Abrams claiming “suppression” is real and listing off threats. Those “threats” cast in a more reasonable light boil down to voter list maintenance and election administration practices that limit opportunities for fraud.

In truth, Abrams and her allies have a radical agenda, one that is doggedly pursued with consistent messaging and political pressure.

How radical? Abrams, who lost her bid to be governor of Georgia on November 6, 2018, has publicly stated she would not oppose non-citizens voting in local elections.

When asked specifically about municipalities like San Francisco allowing non-citizens to vote, Abrams suggested it doesn’t undermine the democratic principle that you have to be a citizen to vote and that she would not oppose such behavior.

Is it unlikely Texas cities would follow suit and allow non-citizens to vote? Yes, though it can’t be completely, dismissed. El Paso drew ire when it considered granting IDs to illegal immigrants but it was still considered.

And this is the way it goes with progressive policy initiatives, they are continually piloted at the state and local levels of government. This is the thin end of the wedge. Vigilance is required. It’s why the rank and file look to speeches for leadership and consistency and why Abbott dodging the topic of election integrity is objectionable.

Abbott’s avoidance of the topic, no matter the reason, did not stop Democrats from Abrams-esque talking points. Celia Israel (D-Austin) attacked the governor and Secretary of State for conducting list maintenance and called on lawmakers to streamline registration in ways that are known to lead to errors and fraud.

Yesterday, opportunities were missed by Republicans. Stay vigilant.

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