Direct Action Texas went public with it’s Tarrant County vote harvesting investigation last October – a mere 8 months ago – and we’ve come a long way since then.
At the time, voter fraud was a thing of conspiracies, crazy talk. The main stream, respectable folk did not speak of such things. Fast forward to last Monday. I sat at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s policy orientation for the special session, and as I opened their handbook I found multiple pages dedicated to mail in ballot fraud policy. This is huge because TPPF has had a longstanding policy of not discussing or engaging in election law or reform. Now they have a published stance. Yesterday I watched as Chuck DeVore, Vice President of TPPF, testified on behalf of SB5, the voter fraud bill before the Senate. This is simply unprecedented.
At that same special session policy orientation, Governor Abbott gave the opening comments and mail in ballot fraud was a major part of his message. Out of all the issues facing Texas, Governor Abbott included mail in voter fraud among the 20 he felt deserved to be included in the special session. In a few short months this issue went from outside the mainstream to a priority of the Governor of Texas.
You see policies have a process they go thru. It looks something like this:
From Radical to Acceptable to Sensible to Popular to POLICY.
This process usually takes years. I sat in the Senate yesterday, a Sunday, on the threshold of this issue becoming policy and realized we went from Radical to Popular in a short 8 months. This is a reality because of voters in Dallas who came forward and said their votes were stolen just this last May. This is a reality because of hard work by folks at the Office of the Attorney General. This is a reality because voters and activists made it a priority to their elected officials. Politicians don’t act on issues unless they believe there is enough pressure to use their political capital and receive a return on that capital.
We are almost there. SB5 passed the senate committee and will most assuredly be passed out of the chamber tomorrow. Meanwhile, watch HB184 as it proceeds thru the Texas House.
Texans made this issue a priority. For that I say – Well Done. Lets continue to the finish line.