Ross Kecseg with Empower Texans wrote a great piece about the structural challenges to cleaning up mail in ballot fraud. NO ONE has the job of ensuring mail in ballot integrity. Read his piece below:
Wednesday, Fort Worth, TX.
A jury delivered a guilty verdict in a case with statewide implications both in terms of legal precedent & revealing cracks within the election process.
On the seventh floor of the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Rosa Maria Ortega was found guilty on two counts of illegal voting and sentenced to 8 years. The first count was for the 2012 general election. The second was the 2014 Republican Primary Runoff. Ortega had voted in both elections while ineligible. (Not a citizen)
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3rd ELECTION COMPLAINT FILED WITH TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE BY DIRECT ACTION TEXAS
Direct Action Texas finds election irregularities in Harrison County Texas – files complaint with the Texas Secretary of State
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS (January 31, 2017) — Yesterday Direct Action Texas (DAT) filed a formal complaint with the Texas Secretary of State’s elections division regarding voting irregularities in Harrison County, Texas (Marshall, Texas). In a limited review of mail in ballots from various elections over the last calendar year, DAT found at least 42 election code violations. It is clear from the evidence that, similar to Tarrant County, there appears to be an illegal, mail in ballot harvesting operation in Harrison County. DAT has compiled the evidence through a variety of sources, including documents obtained via Open Record Requests. We have submitted the evidence in our formal complaint filed yesterday.
Over the last year, Direct Action Texas has filed two previous election violation complaints, one in Tarrant County and one in Hill County. The Hill County complaint has resulted in the impoundment of the March 1, 2016 Republican Primary ballots and associated equipment as well as an unprecedented recount as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, which occurred on November 9, 2016. The Tarrant County complaint has resulted in what has been described as the largest voter fraud investigation in Texas, as acknowledged by the Governor, Attorney General, and several news outlets. Both cases are still currently under investigation.
You can read more about the Tarrant County and Hill County cases at www.directactiontx.com
Imagine you are a candidate for office. The votes are in and you are just 50 votes short of victory. Your race was fiercely competitive and you suspect fraud in the results. You requested a recount already, it came out with the same results. If there is fraud, it must be in the mail-in ballots. What do you do?
Contesting an election is costly and time consuming so a candidate needs all the information possible to determine if he or she should proceed. One of the first things a candidate will want to see are the mail in ballots and applications. (For reasoning behind this: The Fort Worth Way) This sounds like a reasonable request, right? Not so fast. There are a few pieces of the Election Code blocking the way.
“If democracy stands for the principle of one person one vote then ballot harvesting stands for the principle one person one hundred votes” – Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office.
If you take a moment to talk to those in charge of prosecuting the election code, you’ll quickly find out just how broken the election code is, as well as how hard it is to criminally convict one who is guilty of election fraud and ballot harvesting. Reform is needed in order to stop those who would seek to undermine our elections and disrespect those who have marched, protested and, more importantly, died for our right to vote.