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Mayor, wife arrested for an illegal voting scheme

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Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of the mayor of Edinburg and his wife on charges that they ran an illegal vote harvesting scheme, including having voters register to vote at an apartment complex owned by the then-candidate.

Richard and Dalia Molina arrests stem from a long-running investigation into his 2017 mayoral election. Molina won the election by a margin of more than 1,200 votes, unseating a longtime incumbent.

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Voting Machine Alert!

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Hart eSlate Voting Machine

Direct Action Texas is once again getting reports of difficulties with the eSlate system shown above. If your county uses these machines please take the following precaution: SLOW DOWN.

As we illustrated in our video from 2018, voters must not press enter or spin the wheel too rapidly. These machines are not your smartphone, more like your Grandma’s rotary phone. They are old systems due to be replaced. If you make a selection and then spin the wheel before the machine catches up, it can change your vote. Most people do not experience issues, but if you do, just go back and try again.

The most important thing to remember is to check all of your selections on the summary screen BEFORE you hit “CAST BALLOT”. Once you hit that big red button, you can’t go back. If you need assistance, ask for help from the Election Judge before you cast your ballot.

The Solution to the "Switching Candidates."

We have received countless calls about the Hart electronic voting machines "switching candidates." So, we headed over to Tarrant County Elections and shot this video to explain what is happening. Voters need to simply take a breath, take their time, and check their voting summary before they hit "cast ballot." These machines do not work as quickly as your smart phone.

Posted by Direct Action Texas on Friday, October 26, 2018
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GOP Congressmen push back against Democrat bully tactics

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Yesterday, Republican members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform joined Ken Paxton, pushing back on a Democrat effort to interfere in the administration of elections in Texas.

Republicans members of the oversight committee issued a letter to Democrats in leadership insisting they halt investigations into Texas’ list maintenance activities initiated in January. The letter sent yesterday states that there was no “valid legislative purpose” for Chairman of the committee Elijah Cummings D-Maryland to initiate investigations.

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Senate Bill 9 is set to be debated on the floor of the Senate in the coming week and State Senators need to hear from voters to make sure the bill is brought up and passed.

One important feature of the bill is the requirement that a paper audit trail be produced for elections. Section 5.02 of the bill (link to the bill). Amends Subchapter A, Chapter 129, Election Code, by adding Section 129.003, as follows: PAPER AUDIT TRAIL REQUIRED.

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Time to Clean Up Voter Rolls

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Texas voter rolls are in a state of neglect and it’s time for the legislature to take action. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) has presented a couple of important measures, House Bills 3576 and 3578, to ensure voter rolls are maintained more accurately.

Laid out in committee last week, Klick’s 3576 requires voter registrars to conduct list maintenance. While most Texans assume this activity is ongoing and mandated, it isn’t.

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