Fighting for election integrity and transparency

Axios Revisionist History Ignores Russian Fever Dreams

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Flordia Congressman Matt Gaetz is working with Look Ahead America to secure elections, and Axios is here to attack these efforts.

Specifically, the D.C.-based news outlet “reporting” on Gaetz is engaging in revisionist history on the topic of electronic voting machine distrust.

It’s an anti-truth stance to suggest that distrust in elections generally and specifically on the topic of electronic voting is a 2020 phenomenon.

Reality check: Distrust of electronic systems being used in elections is a bipartisan and long-running issue.

In fact, it was just four years ago that the left was critiquing election systems ramping up a fabricated Russian boogeyman propaganda regime.

While some of the theories floated following the 2020 election were on their face, inaccurate they aren’t any more far-fetched than the left’s Russian fever dreams.

Unfortunately, with the propaganda machine going brrr, inaccurate claims undermined legitimate issues that should have been examined in the wake of the November election.

Polling conducted in Texas in 2019 showed a continued hemorrhaging of faith, especially when it comes to who is participating in elections.

Same Song Different Verse on Election Integrity

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The left is setting up to try and block needed election integrity reforms in Texas.

Their plan is, in part, a retread of the one used to slow and kill SB9, an omnibus election integrity bill proposed in 2019.

The tactic, vilify a person who will prominently feature along the path to reform, is in this case aimed at Chairman of the House Elections Committee, Rep. Briscoe Cain.

Before the snowstorm last week, a coordinated attack by multiple progressive media outlets against Cain sporting identical liberal talking points was launched.

Since election integrity is a priority of the grassroots and Governor Greg Abbott, expect this drumbeat to continue and grow. In interviews following his State of the State, Abbott stated SB9 would be a good starting place for legislation this session.

Several of the provisions in SB9 would have limited exposure to fraud and lowered distrust, exacerbated by the progressive’s bum-rush on election systems in 2020.

That’s bad news for would-be hacks looking to disrupt future elections as they were upended 2020.

Grassroots activists interested in the passage of the election integrity need to start bolstering lawmakers who will be integral in the process, including Chairman Cain.

His office phone number is: (512) 463-0733.

The Elections Committee should prioritize reforms that build trust in elections, and bills headed to the floor should be meaningful, not performative, and include at a minimum:

  • Reforms to list maintenance, including enforcement
  • Reform mail-in balloting to protect against abuse
  • Stop big tech companies from interfering in elections.

There are other strong measures but these represent an axis of reform that will ensure fair elections in Texas in 2022.

Left wing assault on elections planed, cheered by progressives

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Democrats ditched their impeachment fever dream last weekend. This latest lash-out, a failure like the rest of their unhinged witch-hunts, is of a more trivial strain of activities planned for 2021.

Fresh off this second impeachment defeat and without a mandate (electoral wins in 2020 are legitimately questioned), some on the left are setting their sights on a heavy lift, rigging future elections.

In a “serious” piece published in New York Magazine, Andrew Cohen argues desperate for power Democrats should leverage their second impeachment loss to push for election legislation (For The People Act) they have zero business proposing, let alone cramming down the collective throat of the citizenry. The majority of Americans do not trust the 2020 election was fairly administered.

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Baseline for Election Integrity in 2019 Isn’t Enough in 2021

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Did you notice there were no specifics in Greg Abbott’s state of the state address on the topic of securing Texas elections?

If you’ve been paying attention, some of the needed reforms are easy to rattle off.

List maintenance, protecting against mail-in ballot fraud, and riding our elections of outside influence, specifically from big tech oligarchs buying election officials and prescribing how elections should be run.

It would have been nice to hear these and others advocated for strongly. That they weren’t should have activists on bait-and-switch alert.

Since his State of the State address, Abbott has put a little meat on his election integrity emergency item’s bones.

Specifically, in an interview with the progressive news outlet Texas Tribune, a great “starting place” is Senate Bill 9, an election integrity measure that failed to become law in 2019.

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DAT Statement on State of the State Address

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Election integrity, now an emergency item, must be shrewdly addressed during the 2021 legislative session to ensure trust in Texas elections moving forward.

Yesterday Governor Greg Abbott set out his emergency priorities for the session, including election integrity.

Direct Action Texas applauds this decision and will ensure measures aimed at accomplishing this end are effective and understood by our network of activists around the state.

There are multiple areas where elections need attention to ensure they’re fair and free from fraud. DAT has identified three items as paramount: providing accurate voter rolls, barring big tech from interfering in our elections, and clarifying mail-in ballot procedures.

In this season, piddling on the margins and calling it election integrity won’t do, and watchdog groups will have a tighter strike zone in 2021.

Past efforts to make Texas elections more secure, including passage of voter ID, while initially hammered in the press, have become widely accepted as common sense and overcome false claims of suppression.

Leadership will require lawmakers to look past spun up faux rage in the present to press through to a brighter future.

Direct Action Texas is a premier election integrity watchdog. You can learn more about our work at

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