Fighting for election integrity and transparency

Polling Suggests Immediate Action Needed

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A recent poll conducted by the Texas Lyceum focused among other things on the topic of election integrity and suggests that broad consensus and support exists for proposed reforms to Texas election law.

The poll results are interesting in that both the right and the left have been trumpeting the them but who really has the upper hand? Also, how do polling results dictate the direction and timing of implementing public policy?

Quick aside, as consumers and critics of polls, it’s generally accepted that results tend to be skewed to the left or right based on the poll’s author. For the sake of making observations, we’ll leave bias aside but note polling in Texas tends to show support of conservative policies even in polls conducted by the left.

Before getting to the current polling and what can be gleaned about the pecking order of the right and left on issues of election integrity, let’s look at one of the “surprise” results.

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Bad Ideas From Leftist Panel

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Last week a partisan panel put together by the Texas Tribune helped solidify a few things for the viewing and more likely the not viewing public.

First, the Tribune is biased in its selection and reporting. As we’ve previously highlighted here, here, here, and here the outfit has an agenda to shape state policy in the image prescribed by the left, a political elite more inline with New York and California sensibilities.

Impaneled by the Tribune were a Democrat member of the Texas House, two Democrat County Election Officials, and a Democrat County Clerk. Needless to say, policy prescriptions from this group were predictably bad.

When asked the number one thing she would like to see changed, Representative Celia Israel (D-Austin) said she would like for student IDs to be an acceptable form of voter ID.

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Voter Fraud Arrests Complicate Election Administration

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The list of individuals implicated in a South Texas voter fraud scheme continues to grow. This week, Francisco Tamez, Jr. was arraigned for allegedly voting illegally in both the November 2017 and March 2018 elections.

Illegal voting is a second-degree felony and imperils those charged with up to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Tamez is charged along with others in illegal voting that resulted in Richard Molina becoming mayor of Edinburg. Molina and his wife were arrested and charged earlier this year in a far-reaching scheme that has resulted in the arrests of more than 20 individuals.

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Stephanie Klick on Defense, Backpedaling

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This week Representative Stephanie Klick emerged from her post-session hole to defend killing the most impactful election integrity bill considered by the legislature, SB9.

Klick’s defenses, months later and all weak, are unfortunately what Texans have come to expect from elected officials. Blame shifting, misdirection, and lying was front and center in the two speeches she delivered this week.

Her defense is setting off more bombs than it’s defusing.

How bad is it for Klick? One telltale indicator, she’s insisting that she not be filmed. One may wonder, why would Klick be skittish about being recorded?

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Election Integrity Fact vs. Fiction

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Over three months after the end of the 86thLegislative Session, myths and deceptive talking points still fill the narrative on the fate of election integrity. The truth is that Texas elections remain highly vulnerable and that the vast majority of legislation aimed at combating fraud failed to make it through the legislature. 

Senate Bill 9

Senate Bill 9 (SB9) by Senator Bryan Hughes was the omnibus bill that was to carry many of the needed reforms to prevent and prosecute election fraud. It would have increased criminal penalties for election fraud as well as adding civil penalties. The bill increased restrictions on illegal assistance and added limitations on countywide polling. Election code language about poll watchers and signature verification committees would have been improved. Verification of election accuracy would have been enhanced with new criteria for automatic recounts and by implementing risk limiting audits. It closed loopholes in the registration process and eliminated barriers for interstate cross check. Finally, it would have required a paper trail for every cast ballot.

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