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Protect Your Vote 2020: Quick Guides*

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It is absolutely crucial that everyone is fully prepared for this election. 2020 has thrown many parts of our world into chaos, the election process is no exception. We have seen countless attempts to thwart whole sections of the Election Code from court battles to blatantly unlawful actions. Do not allow a lack of knowledge or a lack of action destroy the integrity of our elections. 

Use the guides below to educate and prepare yourself for the battle ahead. Whether you serve on the front lines as an Election Judge/Clerk, in a supporting role as Poll Watcher, or simply spread the word and educate yourself and your friends, you must step up and do your part.

We have provided these guides in PNG format. Please feel free to download, print, and share them. If you have any questions, contact us at info@directactiontx.com.

Get Informed and Get Involved!

Quick Guide for Voters: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Voters-By Mail: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Activists and Campaigns: Front / Back

Quick Guide for Election Judges and Clerks: Coming Soon

Quick Guide for Poll Watchers: Front / Back

Quick Guide for the Ballot Board: Front

Quick Guide for the Signature Verification Committee: Front / Back

*The linked documents are just guides. Direct Action Texas is not a legal firm and cannot give legal advice. Always refer to the Texas Election Code, Texas Secretary of State, and your County Elections Office.

Dana DeBeauvoir, Another Democrat Lackey, Ignores Election Law

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Dana DeBeauvoir, like her counterpart Chris Hollins in Harris County, is subverting the rule of law and proving that calls for election integrity in 2019 should have been answered.

Using coded terms, DeBeauvoir is pushing universal mail-in balloting in Travis County, in an effort to nullify a Supreme Court ruling clarifying that healthy Texans can NOT apply for a mail-in ballot as disabled

To do this, DeBeauvoir, with the help of the media, is saying come one come all I won’t check to see if you’re lying on these forms. To make matters worse, DeBeauvoir is going a step further and holding the election before she’s supposed to have the election.

DeBeauvoir is planning to start receiving ballots in person on October 1, almost two weeks before the start of early voting. The loophole DeBeauvoir is driving her semi through is open because of an emergency order from Governor Abbott

Governor Abbott can and should stop this perversion of law and abusive power grab.

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Hollins, the Hack in Harris County

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The liberal hack running Harris County elections is doing his dead-level-best to have droves of Texans break election law. In his radical fervor, he might be undermining participation in the 2020 election.

An early afternoon announcement yesterday from Harris County stated applications to vote by mail will be sent to all registered voters next month.

In addition, to being a waste of taxpayer dollars, this maneuver (if it’s not halted) ensures voters who are ineligible to vote by mail will apply to vote by mail.

This needs to be stopped now by Governor Abbott.

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Bexar County Probing Legally Questionable Election Practices

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Bexar County is considering a slew of last-minute changes to election administration before the November election.

Historically, courts have frowned on last minute alterations to how elections are run and despite COVID19, 2020 appears to be no different. Still, overzealous local officials and power hungry liberals on the state and national stage have busied themselves trying.

Some of the called for changes in Bexar County have debatable effectiveness, while others appear to be straight up against the law. According to reporting on the push, county commissioners have issued what is being called a blank check to implement changes.

As with many efforts this year to fundamentally change how elections are run, circumventing the lawmaking process, Bexar County is using the guise of access and safety. This abuse of a crisis doesn’t overcome security concerns, since ensuring the veracity of the election is paramount.

The most egregious run at overriding law is the idea that the election administrator has the power to create “multiple locations for dropping off mail ballots.”

Texas Election Code is prescriptive and specific when it comes to handling mail-in ballots:

Sec. 86.006.  METHOD OF RETURNING MARKED BALLOT.  (a)  A marked ballot voted under this chapter must be returned to the early voting clerk in the official carrier envelope.  The carrier-envelope may be delivered in another envelope and must be transported and delivered only by: (1) mail; (2) common or contract carrier; or (3)  subject to Subsection (a-1), in-person delivery by the voter who voted the ballot.

(a-1)  The voter may deliver a marked ballot in person to the early voting clerk’s office only while the polls are open on election day. A voter who delivers a marked ballot in person must present an acceptable form of identification described by Section 63.0101. 

There are no allowances in the code for ballots being dropped off at multiple locations, collected, and counted. Last-minute expansions of this sort introduce the specter of chain of custody issues.

As is the case with the collection of mail-in ballots, curbside voting in Texas elections is outlined clearly in the election code.

Sec. 64.009.  VOTER UNABLE TO ENTER POLLING PLACE.  (a)  If a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring the voter’s health, on the voter’s request, an election officer shall deliver a ballot to the voter at the polling place entrance or curb.

Curbside voting can not and should not expand beyond provisions in the election code. Similar to multiple rulings relating to eligibility to vote by mail, curbside voting can’t be expanded willy-nilly, at the whim of unelected election administrators or elected county clerks.

Also, health advisors don’t support expanded curbside voting because of an increased potential of exposure between election workers and voters.

Bexar County is also making a grand show of expanding voting locations and procuring “mega vote center” venues for early voting. To the extent that this move is for distancing, there’s a case to be made, but early voting is poorly attended, there are rarely lines and keeping a polling place open 24/7 is overkill.

The idea that there will be a massive increase in turnout is a media creation seeded to accomplish an end, potentially more spending, and usurpation of election laws.

While there is a need to be vigilant of these and other contemplated changes, money from the county will reportedly be spent on tracking mail-in ballots, a proposal that’s being contemplated in other counties.

We’ll be monitoring the situation. Bexar County’s Election Administrator Jacque Callanen will provide an update for commissioners on August 25.

Blue Wave of Litigation

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The blue wave, bandied about in reference to winning elections in 2020, might more accurately refer to the tsunami of lawsuits filed by leftists to try and manufacture a favorable electoral outcome in November.

As predicted, Texas Democrats have fired up the lawsuit machine following the primary run-off ahead of the November election.

Last week two voters and civil rights groups sued the state of Texas to enforce rules that may not be needed in November.

One of the practices that the lawsuit seeks to expand is curbside voting. During the 2019 legislative session, there were attempts to expand this practice that failed.

As was the case with expanding mail-in balloting for the primary election, altering curbside voting without debate and votes from duly elected representatives of the people should be shunned.

This is yet another power grab masquerading as good governance and like the many other lawsuits filed by Democrats this election cycle, thrown out.

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