Fighting for election integrity and transparency

Pelosi’s latest power grab already afoot in Texas

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, like Democrats in Texas, is using the Wuhan Virus to make an electoral power grab.

Congressional Democrats led by Pelosi are standing in the way of a stimulus package for political advantage, demanding among other things an expansion of voting by mail for the 2020 election.

Texas Democrats, if they had the opportunity would do the same thing. Absent that opportunity they’re asking a liberal judge to legislate from the bench.

In Pelosi’s home state, Democrats have legalized ballot harvesting. It should come as no surprise that Pelosi wants to take this act nationwide.

Donald Trump, like Governor Greg Abbott before him should cut off oxygen to Democrat shenanigans perpetrated in the name of public health.

Election integrity advocates have warned against capitulating on expanding balloting by mail on the basis that 1) it’s prone to fraud, 2) it’s potentially unnecessary and 3) it’s a logistical nightmare.

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Democrats Were Always Gonna Sue

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They say the only sure things in life are death and taxes, Democrats suing should be added to the list.

On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott moved statewide run-off elections to July. The move had been anticipated and was telegraphed earlier in the day by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick on the Mark Davis radio show.

Ahead of the announcement, as we reported last week, Democrats had been maneuvering behind the scenes to keep the runoff in May but expand voting by mail to everyone in the state.

Conservative election integrity advocates warned against capitulating to Democrat demand to expand voting by mail on the basis that 1) it’s prone to fraud, 2) potentially unnecessary and 3) logistically impossible.

On that last count, there was agreement among both conservative and liberal political observers.

Democrats began calling for 100% mail-in ballotting a week before Abbott’s announcement. As soon as the rumors began to circulate, a few things happened.

The media worked to midwife pressure on Abbott, Republican lawmakers sent up trial balloons, and conservatives predicted Democrats would sue one way or another.

When it became clear Abbott would not be playing ball, Democrats filed the suit. If Abbott had expanded the runoffs to universal mail-in but not the general election, Democrats would have sued. See how this works?

In addition to the fact that Texans will have to emerge from their homes by June to have a functioning civilization, data about the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus suggests that open spaces are not ideal circumstances for spread.

“If you have a COVID-19 patient in your household, your risk of developing the infection is about 10%….If you were casually exposed to the virus in the workplace (e.g., you were not locked up in conference room for six hours with someone who was infected [like a hospital]), your chance of infection is about 0.5%”

Dr. Paul Auwaerter, the Clinical Director for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The majority of viral infections come from prolonged exposures in confined spaces with other infected individuals. If this weren’t the case, grocery stores would be closed.

The lawsuit seeks to expand balloting by mail beyond what is allowed by Texas law. Texas laws should not be rewritten by activist jurists in Travis and Bexar county.

Texas Democrats are abusing the legal system to gain an advantage in the 2020 election that their candidates and ideas are incapable of delivering.

Which again brings us to the bailiwick, fear of lawsuits from Democrats should not drive legislative decision making.

This election cycle has proven that whatever the actions of the majority party, Democrats are going to go lawsuit-happy, no matter what.

Instead of moving public policy in a positive direction, the 2019 session was stagnant on important issues and in particular on election integrity. The next session can not be a repeat.

In the fog of war, it could have been tempting to cave and expand balloting by mail but that would be missing the forest for the trees.

Governor Abbott made the right call to move the primary to July and leave balloting by mail alone.


Illegal Voting Conviction Upheld

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On Thursday, an appeals court upheld the five-year prison sentence of a Texas woman convicted of illegally voting.

Crystal Mason, on parole for defrauding the federal government in a tax prep scheme, was convicted of illegally voting in the 2016 election.

Mason and her attorneys (ACLU) claim she was never told she wasn’t allowed to vote. She was.

At her initial trial, multiple letters sent to Mason’s home after her federal conviction informing her she had been removed from the voter rolls and was ineligible to vote were produced.

Additionally, the provisional ballot that Mason read and signed stated that, if she was on probation, she was ineligible to vote. Mason, who had a parole officer, signed that declaration.

How weak is the claim that she didn’t know? So weak it wasn’t made the basis of her appeal. Instead, Mason’s appeal was based on the fact that her provisional ballot wasn’t counted.

So, she broke the law but shouldn’t be punished, novel.

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Democrat Request Should be Rejected

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On Monday, Texas Democrats officially petitioned the Texas Secretary of State for universal mail-in balloting for spring elections.

The Democrat political maneuver, is thinly veiled in the interest of public health, was anticipated and should be rejected.

Local elections, low turnout affairs in their own right, and primary run-offs take place in early and late May respectively.

While it’s possible May elections will need to be rescheduled to allow more time for COVID19 to run its course, there is no good reason to require 100% balloting by mail or expanding voting by mail and ample reason against such a move.

As has been previously pointed out, balloting by mail is available to Texans over 65 and those with health conditions. These groups of individuals, considered high-risk to COVID19 are already protected from having to visit the voting booth.

There is no indication 100% ballot by mail would be a workable solution for election administrators and it would be prone to fraud. Mail-in votes are harvested every election cycle, depriving voters of their civil rights.

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