Late Friday, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he would be appealing yet another lower court decision green-lighting Democrat election shenanigans.
This is the latest legal maneuver in a week that saw several developments; let’s walk through them in turn, start with the good, working our way to the ugly.
5th Circuit upholds current Texas election law
On Thursday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas election law, as it pertains to balloting by mail eligibility, should remain unchanged.
The argument presented in this case and rejected is that allowing voting by mail universally for those 65 and older but not younger voters constitutes age discrimination.
Texas election law for mail-in balloting has been unchanged and unchallenged for years. It’s just now, ahead of a competitive election, that novel legal arguments are being lobbed at an increasingly distrusted system.
This ruling will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court but faces long odds of success. The court has already denied the case fast track status, and the election is just weeks away from early voting.
Hack Sandill rules for buddy Hollins
On Friday, R.K. Sandill ruled Harris County could mail applications to vote by mail to all its 2.4 million registered voters. That ruling has been appealed. The state accurately argued that mailing ballots to every voter would induce illegal applications.
Chris Hollins, the interim Harris County Clerk, is running roughshod over election law and misleading voters to apply for mail-in ballots, potentially disenfranchising thousands of voters in the process.
Sandill, a hack jurist, suggested in part that the state is being inconsistent since it did not sue to stop the mailing of applications to voters 65 and older ahead of the primary run-off. Lesson learned, don’t give an inch and remember Greg; these radicals aren’t playing ball.
Of course, the mailing incoherently cited by Sandill exposed zero voters to the likelihood of committing a crime since all voters 65, and older are qualified under the law to vote by mail. Hollin’s latest stunt appears aimed at getting non-qualified individuals to register for a mail-in ballot.
Harris County, under the watch of Hollins, has published misleading materials about who is qualified to vote by mail, almost assuredly resulting in healthy and, therefore, non-qualifying voters applying to vote by mail.
A sudden surge in voting by mail will bog down the voting process, especially the tabulation of votes on election day, a delay that may lead to increased distrust of the election result.
According to a review of campaign finance reports, Judge Sandill has received multiple political contributions from Hollins, including $500 this year.
Democrat lackey judge keeps on trucking
Finally, unless appealed, Texas will count hundreds if not thousands of votes that should be thrown out after Bexar County judge Orlando Garcia ruled, in a year-old case that verifying mail-in ballots by signature is unconstitutional.
The suit resurrected to get rid of one of the only mechanisms against cheating the mail-in ballot system is, like other suits and rulings, a ploy to remove any semblance of election integrity and destabilize the electoral system that is deeply distrusted thanks to these efforts.
Garcia is racking up an impressive record of anti-integrity rulings ahead of the 2020 election. A few weeks back he ordered the state of Texas to register voters based on an online driver’s license application.
The online voter registration ruling was anticipated as Garcia issued a similar ruling based on a nearly identical fact pattern in 2016. That ruling was eventually overturned.
This is just another example of Democrats using an activist judge to upended long-standing practices ahead of the election, introducing chaos that Russians couldn’t hope to rival.
There is no indication a change in registration is needed or mandated under the Motor Voter Act. Still, Democrats seeking to make Texas the next California, are pushing for automatic registration that has to lead to tens of thousands of non-citizens being inaccurately added to the voter rolls.
There are many reasons to oppose such a move.
Texas is seeing unprecedented numbers of voters registered, and allowing online voter registration would likely weaken an already compromised voter roll.