Fighting for election integrity and transparency

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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Direct Action Texas Joins Conservative Leaders Calling for Special Session

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This week, Direct Action Texas joined a dozen conservative groups calling on Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas legislature. Actual deficiencies in public policy went unaddressed during the 2019 session, the immediate negative impacts will compound as the interim continues.

Groups represented on the letter cover important policy areas including 2nd Amendment rights, tax relief, pro-life, and election integrity among others. All of the signers are invested in seeing the commonsense platform of the Lone Star Agenda accomplished, now.

The letter comes at a time when Texas Republicans appear especially rudderless.

Beginning in November 2018, there has been a brute force effort to have Texas Republicans abandon the conservative principals that have made Texas the most prosperous state in the nation.

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Hand-wringing Over Illegal Voting Conviction Part of Larger Agenda

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In the last 48 hours, multiple progressive websites have published articles defending illegal voting in Texas, specifically citing the case of convicted criminal Crystal Mason.

We’ll address the Mason case again shortly, first, let’s examine what might be precipitating the PR push.

In part, it’s timing as leftwing groups appeal the Mason conviction but it might also be needed to combat recent polling that shows 77% of Texas Democrats agree that ineligible voters should be prevented from voting.

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More Voter Fraud Arrests Made

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The city secretary of Edinburg, Texas and another woman were arrested this week on illegal voting charges.

These arrests, reported by Valley Central, are the latest in a string of arrests connected to the 2017 municipal election in Edinburg a case that serves as an ongoing reminder that elections in Texas are being undermined by fraud.

In late August, 13 indictments were handed down in the case where the mayoral candidate and eventual winner, Richard Molina and his wife stand accused of having voters change their addresses so they would be eligible to vote for Molina.

In fact, some of the voter’s addresses are alleged to have been changed to an apartment complex owned by Molina.

Going further down the rabbit hole, Julio Carranza a business partner of Molina’s has been charged with one count of engaging in organized election fraud along with two counts of illegal voting.

It’s been reported that following Molina’s election, Carranza was appointed to the Edinburg Economic Development Council, a position he conspicuously resigned just before his company was awarded contracts by the city of Edinburg.

This week polling from the Texas Lyceum showed that on a wide range of issues both Democrats and Republicans are in alignment. One such issue was the importance of keeping non-eligible voters from voting in elections.

According to the poll, 77% of Democrats agreed that preventing ineligible individuals from voting was important. To find out more about the poll and other key areas of overlap between the two parties read our 5 takeaways post here.

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