Echoing the national Democrat sentiment of “count every vote,” Democrat candidate for State Representative, District 108 Joanna Cattanach has called for a recount in her race against incumbent Rep. Morgan Meyer. Cattanach lost by just 420 votes, less than 1% of the total vote and far below the state law requirement of 10%. The recount began Tuesday, November 27th, and is expected to continue for three days.
Rep. Morgan Meyer and Rep. Angie Chen Button are the lone Republican State House survivors in Dallas County. The November 6th election flipped five House seats from red to blue. Incumbent Representatives Linda Koop, Rodney Anderson, and Matt Rinaldi all lost their races to Democrats. Challengers Jonathan Boos and Lisa Luby Ryan failed to retain House seats left open by fellow Republicans.
In an interview with DAT, Dallas County Republican Chairwoman, Missy Shorey, vowed to stand with Rep. Meyer, the properly elected “rightful representative of the people.” She said she has dedicated GOP funds to the recount to help with the cost of 3 attorneys to assist in the proceedings. Chairwoman Shorey has also recruited well-trained volunteer poll watchers to observe during the count.
Rep. Meyer needs all the help he can get. Dallas County has been plagued with accusations of Election Fraud. Direct Action Texas filed complaints with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) back in April of 2017. In May of that same year, WFAA and the Dallas Morning News reported on citizens speaking up about vote harvesters attempting to steal their votes. Since then Dallas has been the subject of investigations by Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson and the OAG. Thus far, those investigations have led to one man pleading guilty to mail-in ballot fraud.
Since we filed our complaints in 2017, Dallas County Elections have become more and more opaque. Our latest request to view mail-in ballot applications and carrier envelopes was met with a cost estimate of over $67,000. We were also told our request would take over 9 months to complete. Closer examination of the numbers reveals outlandish estimates of hours for labor. It appears to be an attempt to hide the information from review.
Throughout, Toni Pippins-Poole, Dallas County Elections Administrator, has fought against transparency in her office. Her obfuscation has recently led to lawsuits from the Dallas County Republican Party (DCRP). Republican Ballot Board members identified mail-in ballot carrier envelopes with suspected harvesters named as assistants to the voters. The DCRP went to court and attempted to sequester those ballots and have them reviewed by a judge. Before the judge could make her ruling, the Democrat Ballot Board judge sent those ballot envelopes to be opened and separated from the ballots inside. Even if those votes were later found to be fraudulent, those ballots could never be matched up to their envelopes and removed from the count. Was this another Democrat attempting to “count every vote,” legal or not?
Joanna Cattanach even sued Dallas County Elections because they refused to provide the list of all voters who cast provisional ballots. Could we have avoided this recount if Pippins-Poole had fulfilled the request? It seems both sides have lost faith in the elections department.
The recount has started with the paper ballots cast on Election Day and will then proceed on to the mail-in ballots and provisionals. Cattanach has paid the $7000 deposit for that portion of the recount. It will cost her more to proceed further into Early Voting. The $7000 is just the tip of the iceberg on this recount, though. With all of the attorney fees and sleepless nights for those involved, this will be a costly recount.
It is still unclear if there was any fraud, incompetence, or human errors in this election. One thing is clear, Dallas County needs to re-evaluate its elections department. A lack of transparency breeds suspicion. Dallas County, Texas looks more and more like Broward County, Florida every day.