Ready for a Fight in Dallas County?
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.
Paxton, in his letter, noted the recent partisan ruling suggesting Texas election law allows for universal balloting by mail did “not change or suspend” eligibility requirements.
Undermining Wiley Price and Democrat contentions that in-person voting is dangerous, this week, experts stated an anticipated spike in coronavirus cases did not materialize in Wisconsin following in-person voting last month.
Wisconsin is just one example of a correctly and safely conducted election without disproportionate risk. Fear of in-person voting, to the extent it exists, is media fabricated.
Election venues have limited known choke points for viral transmission including door handles and machines. Distancing, washing hands, wearing masks, and wiping down equipment are precautions that allow for the safe and proper execution of elections.
Aside from the illegality, Dallas County suggesting it can flex to accommodate a surge in or universal mail-in balloting before the runoff election in July or even the general election in November is foolhardy.
In the first round of the 2020 primary election, Dallas County, along with others across the state, struggled to administer a regular election up to acceptable and trustworthy standards.
Given its track record, there is a high degree of likelihood that any meaningful increase in balloting by mail in Dallas County will lead to an irrevocably broken election.
This Wiley Price resolution, like the myriad last-minute lawsuits that have been filed to change election administration in Texas and across the U.S., are doing more to undermine trust in elections than any Russian hacker could ever hope to achieve.