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Trust in Midland ISD Bond Election Irrevocably Destroyed

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Surprise, the story and result of Midland’s recent bond election have once again changed according to Midland County Election Administrator Deborah Land.

Yesterday, Land announced the recount of November’s election was wrong, insisting the election night totals were accurate.

Even on election night, there were questions about the count since a machine tasked with counting mail-in ballots was on the fritz and had to be replaced.

In any case, assuming that the election night result was correct, following the receipt of additional ballots and provisionally cast ballots the bond was shown to have failed.

This latest development is sure to drive up tensions in an already fraught situation.

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Election Integrity Roundup 12.06.19

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

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Investigation Uncovers Illegally Registered Non-Citizen Voters

This week it was reported that hundreds of illegally registered non-citizens were discovered in Ohio. Texas has similar issues, with thousands of non-citizen registered and voting.

“The 277 individuals who registered to vote and the 77 who cast a ballot “each provided the BMV with documentation identifying themselves as non-citizens on at least two occasions, once before their voter activity and once after,” LaRose said”

Despite efforts by Democrats to keep non-citizens registered to vote, election administration officials and outside groups will continue to work on deterring registration and voting as well as removing non-citizens from the rolls.

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DAT joins effort to restore trust in Midland elections

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This week, Direct Action Texas agreed to partner with Better Bond for Midland to investigate a recent bond election in Midland, Texas.

This election is an important one to examine, as it illuminates important correctable flaws and exposes tactical approaches that can be countered to slow runaway bureaucratic creep.

Before getting to the specifics of the election, note, this is no longer about the bond itself but about a process that has undermined trust in our form of governance.

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Recent history of crimes by Texas lawmakers

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This week, two more members of the Texas House called on Poncho Nevarez (D) to resign from office. The calls come after Nevarez was found to have dropped an envelope full of cocaine at the Austin airport in early September.

Reps. Mike Lang (R-Granbury) and Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) added their names to the list of lawmakers who have already called for Nevarez’s resignation.

While the Democrat from Eagle Pass has said he will not seek reelection in 2020, Nevarez remains chairman of the powerful Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. He’s also racking up time on the job which might be padding his pension.

In light of the Nevarez charing, pending legal case, and questions about why he has yet to resign, we thought it would be interesting to take a survey of recent criminal prosecutions of elected officials in Texas.

Another motivating factor, coverage of the Nevarez debacle in the Texas Monthly, took an opportunity to lash out at lawmakers (exclusively conservatives) who have not been charged or convicted of crimes while ignored the list below, likely because Democrats dominate it.

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What is going on in Midland?

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Two weeks ago, a local election involving the issuance of a $569 million bond for Midland ISD was unofficially said to have passed.

Then, when the votes were officially tabulated, the measure was shown to have failed.

Now, after a recount, the bond appears to have passed but there is a discrepancy that could mean this debacle will continue.

In addition to the seesawing results, there are other worrisome things about this election.

On election night members of a well organized and funded pro-bond group were allowed to witness ballot-counting while members of an anti-bond organization were excluded. Absent paperwork was blamed.

Well funded pro-bond group?

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