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Election Integrity Round-Up 5.3.2020

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country. Some of these stories may have already been shared via our social media accounts, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wisconsin wasn’t a debacle

This week, experts admitted what’s been apparent for weeks, there was no spike in coronavirus cases in Wisconsin due to in-person voting.

The message that in-person elections are safe when appropriately executed has to be hammered home and repeated because the media is hell-bent on ignoring reality to drive fear and unnecessary changes ahead of November.

In an age of disinformation and media manipulation, the only way to overcome the noise is to repeat the message.

Take, for instance, the sound practice of Voter ID. In Texas, when the law was being debated, the media boosted the false talking point that the policy would disenfranchise voters.

Polling at the time showed this sentiment was adopted by the public and the policy was unpopular. Still, Republicans lead and passed the law.

Fast forward to today, Voter ID has been in place for several cycles; it has not to lead voter suppression, and since the media is not boosting false talking points, the practice enjoys bipartisan support.

It’s crucial for state leaders, including Governor Abbott, not cave to contrived pressure.

Voter ID in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers recently overrode a veto to implement Voter ID.

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Ready for a Fight in Dallas County?

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Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an advisory to election administrators and County Judges that they could face prosecution if they encourage voters who are not disabled to apply for disability mail-in ballots.

Now, Democrat John Wiley Price, a Dallas County Commissioner, has authored a resolution to do just that. A vote on the measure will take place Tuesday.

Vote harvesters in Dallas County not already working to swell the rolls with voters ineligible to vote by mail will undoubtedly kick into high gear should the resolution pass. Such activity welcomes fraud, abuse and stress on an already stressed election department.

The Wiley Price approach, similar to all Democrat efforts to upend the 2020 election, is built on not letting a crisis go to waste, and a flawed partisan interpretation of election law.

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In-person Voting is Safe

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Two weeks ago, the American left threw a collective hissy fit about Wisconsinites voting in person. The deployed hyperbole, people were going to vote, get sick, and die because balloting by mail was not expanded.

A review of Wisconsin coronavirus statistics one week after the election suggested that this wasn’t going to be the case. Two weeks on and the verdict is official, voting in person did not endanger or disenfranchise Wisconsin voters.

Ironically, mail-in ballots may have robbed some of their votes. Three tubs of mail-in ballots were lost in the shuffle, only to be discovered after the election.

For those keeping score at home, Republicans insisting on in-person voting did not reduce turnout or result in an increase in coronavirus transmission. The Democrat’s push for mail-in balloting may have actually disenfranchised voters.

Upending elections by expanding fraud-prone mail-in balloting, curbside voting or other novel, logistically cumbersome approaches inflicts unnecessary damage to trust in the democratic process.

Voting in 2020 should be carried out in the manner prescribed by law as previous elections have been, with the caveat that election workers clean religiously and have proper spacing and screening for in-person voting.

If distancing requirements mean additional polling locations need to be opened, election administrators are empowered with the ability to flex into additional sites.

Wisconsin isn’t the only example of successful in-person voting during the coronavirus outbreak. South Koreans voted in record in-person numbers last week with amped-up cleaning and screening in place.

It’s anticipated that South Korea will have similar results to Wisconsin since space and keeping things clean isn’t rocket science.

The media narrative that voters were risking life and limb is driving up angst, which is likely the point. Democrats have publicly stated that coronavirus is a crisis to be used in the service of pushing progressive policies that have failed to become law.

Wisconsin is now a great example of reality not matching the liberal narrative.

AG: Apply to Vote by Mail Illegally, Face Potential Prosecution

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Power grabs usually defy logic and the Democrat’s latest effort is no exception.

This afternoon Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office released a legal advisory stating publicly that fear of contracting COVID-19 does not qualify anyone to apply to vote by mail in upcoming state elections.

The advisory came shortly before a Travis County judge announced he would issue an opinion allowing anyone in the state to apply to vote by mail. The judge’s opinion is highly likely to be appealed and overturned.

It’s troubling that unconstitutional rulings are predictable from Travis County jurists but here we are.

The novel legal theory here is that coronavirus short-circuits longstanding state law outlining who can vote by mail, excluding those who don’t.

Universal voting by mail is not provided for in Texas law, neither is applying for fear of leaving home.

Coronavirus – inexplicably – stands in contrast to being struck by lightning, getting into a traffic accident, having a heart event while visiting a public restroom, or any other harm that can befall a Texan leaving home.

Republican lawmakers in Texas and Wisconsin have been careful not to act rashly when it comes to altering election administration during the fog of war phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Media Misinterprets Wisconsin Result

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Republicans are as interested in suppressing votes, as the media is in suppressing their liberal bias, that is to say, not at all.

The latest fake “suppressed voters” narrative involves the recent Wisconsin primary, wherein Wisconsin Republicans fought and defeated a bum rush on the rule of law.

And, while Democrats won the battle of a single Supreme Court seat, the war over balloting integrity was preserved by Republican lawmakers standing their ground.

Nationwide, Democrats have been desperately angling to scale California’s ballot harvesting to all states. They’ve failed to do so through Congress. Now, they’re trying to do it through the courts and as they’ve been taught, leveraging crisis.

Saddled with a dog-face-pony-shell of a candidate this is hail-mary territory. Recent polling shows enthusiasm for the former Senator is predictably low.

It was against this backdrop and in this context that Wisconsin’s Democrat governor worked to move an election and expand mail-in balloting, by fiat.

In the end, this maneuvering failed, the election was held and predictably the Democrats picked up a seat on the Supreme Court. They won the battle, lost the war. It’s more likely that fighting abuse of power and a long view on good policy drove Republican action in Wisconsin, not suppression.

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