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Election Law Updates Needed After Democrat Assault

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Legislation authored this session to strengthen Texas elections is largely due to local officials opportunistically making up rules as they went along in 2020.

The media is feverishly working to reframe this truth by attacking reforms, and incorrectly labeling them suppression; here’s a Dallas Morning News editorial straining to accomplish this feat.

The DMN, to its credit, acknowledges that election fraud is real, and then it sets a reasonable bar, “Good policymaking means identifying specific issues, raising them with the public and proposing solutions that fix what’s wrong.”

This is exactly what’s happening this legislative session and what didn’t happen in 2020, a fact that doesn’t fit the complaints the DMN editorial board has with proposed and needed reforms.

Harris County didn’t implement drive-thru voting under the DMN prescribed deliberative process.

The window dressing for drive-thru voting to, keep voters safe from the coronavirus, was a pretense to circumvent law and legislative intent after Democrats tried but failed in 2019 to expand curbside voting.

It certainly wasn’t about health. Bexar County didn’t implement drive-thru voting after the county medical officer testified the practice was more likely to spread illness.

In fact, the move to unilaterally implement drive-thru voting was reckless and put Harris County in real danger of being disenfranchised. Clarifying election law to stop further abuses like those perpetrated by Chris Hollins will protect votes.

The same pattern applies to reforms to mail-in balloting and when polls should be open to voting.

Current state law prescribes when polls should be open, 7 AM to 7 PM. The 2020 liberal interpretation of this is that it’s a minimum, not a cap. For decades, a plain reading of the statute has led to adherence to 7 AM to 7 PM voting.

It’s a bad-faith argument to suggest legislation clarifying that this is a range of hours within voting should happen is somehow suppression. It just ends goofy midnight vote rap concerts.

Like the voting hours, mail-in voting in Texas has a well-established record of legislative intent, that it be limited to the elderly, infirm, travelers, and the eligible imprisoned.

Democrats, in their assault on Texas elections in 2020, tried to expand mail-in balloting and make it universal. Some encouraged Texans to lie on applications and claim they were disabled.

Clarifying and adding safeguards is about stopping future planned assaults on elections, and it’s happening in the Texas legislature because it’s the will of the people.

Texas Lagging Other States on Election Reforms

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Last week omnibus election integrity reform bills were filed in both the House and Senate. Texas is way behind.

The question now, is that part of the plan?

The state of Arizona has already passed completely or voted on three important measures aimed at safeguarding elections.

Among the reforms are curtailing mail-in ballot use (SB 1713), amending voter roll tending policies (SB 1485), and a bill (HB 2569) that bans government officials from taking private donations to pay for any aspect of election administration.

That last one is a must-pass after the 2020 election. Big tech companies, not content with manipulating users online, spent big to influence the election’s outcome by dictating voter outreach and administration practices.

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SB 1340: Smart Election Integrity Bill That Needs to Pass

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Today, Sen. Dawn Buckingham announced the filing of SB 1340, an election integrity bill aimed at the root of all election integrity issues, maintaining accurate voter rolls.

One of the bill’s key provisions is to create dual registrar duties with the Secretary of State acting as a final arbiter on the veracity of Texas’ voter roll. Currently major counties in the state are not regularly maintaining the rolls.

Polling conducted before the 2020 election showed Texans of all political stripes are concerned with ineligible voters taking part in our elections. The only way for this to occur is with a dirty roll.

Democrats in 2020 filed several lawsuits, one of which added voters to the rolls with online voter registration. This and other changes to election administration were meant to circumvent the legislative process and need to be corrected immediately, SB 1340 is a step in that direction.

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Election Fraud Uncovered Goes Under Covered

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Last week the Attorney General’s office announced three individuals were arrested for alleged election fraud.

The case itself stems from a 2018 election and votes believed to be harvested from assisted living facilities (more on this later in the week).

Rather than rehash what was disclosed, let’s take a look at two things that will not have been noted in coverage of this case to date.

First, predictably, the news was largely ignored by the mainstream media.

The hacks who fancy themselves journalists have a rule when election fraud is prosecuted, it should be ignored. Why? Because it cuts against the narrative they’ve been told to peddle, that elections aren’t being meddled with on an on-going basis.

It’s a sad state of affairs and why the media is distrusted now more than ever before. Shame is deserved and should be heaped on the ne’er-do-wells who claim to be reporting in the public interest.

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DeSantis Delivers Specifics, Does Abbott Follow?

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Last week Ron DeSantis outlined election integrity measures to further safeguard Florida’s elections from fraud and protect voters from disenfranchisement.

The three areas DeSantis is focused on are ballot integrity, transparency in the elections process, and transparency in reporting; within each of these broad headings, multiple policy items are housed.

Two of the three areas map well to the needed reforms identified by Direct Action Texas as we work to rebuild trust in Texas elections.

Let’s take each of DeSantis’ proposals in turn and decide if the Texas legislature and Governor Greg Abbott need to move similar measures in Texas.

Mail-in ballot drop boxes – Texas doesn’t and should not have mail-in ballot drop sites. Any attempts to institute them should be DOA this session, and Texas must reject the federal government’s efforts to force them on the states.

During the 2020 election, Texas narrowly avoided the abuse of mail-in ballot drop-offs after a poorly crafted executive order allowed bad actors administering elections, namely in Harris and Travis county, to collect and count mail-in ballots before early voting even began.

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