Posts by Christine Welborn

Still Counting: Provisional Ballots

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With some counties in Texas seeing thousands of provisional ballots, outcomes have the potential to change in the next few days. Voters have 6 days to “cure” their provisional ballots, so the Early Voting Ballot Board cannot begin to certify these ballots until almost a week after the election. 

Typically, that cure is presenting valid ID, disability exemption, or other valid voter ID exemption to the Elections Office. If a voter does not have proper identification and/or exemptions at the polling location, he or she must vote provisionally. A voter will also vote provisionally if he or she was mistakenly not on the poll list at the time of voting. 

This election has also seen a huge increase in voters casting provisional ballots because they chose to vote in person rather than by mail and did not hand over their mail-in ballot at the polling location. 

This is yet another complication from the push toward mail-in voting. Many of these voters filled out a form sent by a candidate or political party for the Runoff Election not realizing the form had pre-checked “annual,” setting them up for ballot by mail for the remainder of the calendar year. Others requested mail-in but reconsidered over distrust in the postal service, decreased fear of COVID-19, etc. 

If you are a Ballot Board Member or a Poll Watcher for the Ballot Board, click HERE for a Quick Guide for accepting or rejecting provisional ballots.

If you would like more detailed training materials, please email

Curbside Confusion

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Most people are unfamiliar with curbside voting. Before 2020, it was very rare. Most disabled voters took advantage of voting by mail. In this tumultuous election, some are attempting to ignore it’s intent and pervert it into illegal drive-thru voting. Direct Action Texas would like to help clear up the confusion.


The voter must be “physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring the voter’s health.” (Election Code Sec. 94.009a)

Best Practice:

The Office of the Attorney General has made it clear that a fear of COVID 19 does not qualify a voter to vote curbside. Curbside voting should be extremely rare because voting by mail is available to those with a disability. Curbside is more for those with a recent injury or disability. However, the election officer is not allowed to ask about the nature of the voter’s disability. Legislation is required to fix this loophole.

Many counties have encouraged those testing positive for COVID 19 after the deadline to vote by mail should use this method.


“An election officer shall deliver a ballot to the voter at the polling place entrance or curb.” (Election Code Sec. 94.009a)

Best Practice:

Two election officers should deliver the ballot to the voter. Those officers should be of different political parties in a general election. Numerous things can happen at the vehicle and between the vehicle and the polling place. For transparency and everyone’s safety an election official should NOT process a curbside voter alone.

This section makes it clear that this type of voting should only be available at a polling place. It does NOT allow for drive-thru voting locations. 


“The regular voting procedures may be modified by the election officer to the extent necessary to conduct voting under this section.” (Election Code Sec. 94.009b)

Best Practice:

In counties that use a Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machine, that DRE can and should be used to for curbside voting.


“After the voter is accepted for voting, the voter shall mark the ballot and give it to the election officer who shall deposit it in the ballot box.” (Election Code Sec. 94.009c)

Best Practice:

The election officers should have an envelope in which to place the voted ballot for secrecy while carrying it back into the polling location. The fact that the election official is carrying a voted ballot, reinforces the need for that official to not be alone.


“On the voter’s request, a person accompanying the voter shall be permitted to select the voter’s ballot and deposit the ballot in the ballot box.” (Election Code Sec. 94.009d)

Best Practice:

If the voter asks for assistance, the assistant must provide the required information as if he/she is assisting the voter inside the polling place.


The voter in the vehicle should have the same privacy as a voter in a voting booth. (Secretary of State Handbook for Election Judges and Clerks)

Best Practice:

Any people inside the vehicle, other than the voter, should be asked to exit the vehicle while the voter is voting. If they stay inside the vehicle, they should be treated as assistants. This would exclude minor children.


Poll Watchers and inspectors must be allowed to accompany the election officer. (Election Code Secs. 33.056a, 34.002a)

Best Practice:

Poll Watchers and Inspectors should accompany the election officials to the vehicle, unless doing so would leave the polling location vulnerable to fraud.

Real Stories of Real Fraud

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Despite the constant claims by the mainstream media, mail-in ballot fraud does exist and becomes more and more prevalent with each election cycle.

The following are real stories told by real voters during interviews with Direct Action Texas in 2015. We have been told countless versions of these same stories in the years since.

The names of the voters have been changed for their protection.

My ballot just arrives.

David was questioned about his experience voting by mail. When asked about filling out his application he seemed puzzled. David said that he never filled out an application. His ballot simply arrived in the mail for each election. (Texas Election Code requires that a new application must be sent by the voter at least once a year.)

He went on to say that each election he receives his ballot and waits for the nice young lady to come by and help him fill it out. He tells her his candidate choices and she bubbles it all in for him. He does not check her work to make sure she did as he instructed and many of his choices are actually her suggestions.

Someone has clearly been sending in an application in his name each year for years and then sending a friendly harvester to assist. This is an illegal form of assistance because she did not provide her name and information, originally arrived unsolicited, and promoted one candidate over another.

I want to vote for the Democrats.

Julia was asked about her experience with the young woman who comes to help with her ballot. She said that she gets help with her mail-in ballot every election. It isn’t always the same person, but it is typically a young woman who appears sweet, friendly, and trustworthy. 

In the most recent May election, Julia told the young woman she wanted to vote for all the Democrats. The woman nodded her head and filled out the ballot. Julia hadn’t realized it was a local, non-partisan election. The young woman did not alert Julia that the candidates were not Democrats vs. Republicans. 

There’s no telling who Julia actually voted for in that election. Julia certainly doesn’t know. Most likely her ballot was cast for the slate paying the young woman.

We vote in person.

A voter named Rodrigo told us a story about his stolen vote and stolen voice.

One day a young woman came to Rodrigo’s door and asked if he would like to vote by mail. Rodrigo responded that he and his wife always vote in person because the polling place is right across the street. He then pointed to a building a short distance from his door. 

The young woman continued to attempt to convince Rodrigo that he and his wife should vote by mail instead. Rodrigo kept insisting that he would prefer to vote in person. The back and forth went on for several minutes.

Finally, the young woman stopped persisting and asked if Rodrigo and his wife would at least sign her paper to prove to her boss she had been to the door.  She claimed that if they would sign, she would be finished for the day and could go home. She seemed like such a nice person, so Rodrigo and his wife signed her paper. Most of the paper was obscured by other papers and all the couple really saw were two signature blanks on yellow paper. They signed, said goodbye to the young woman and went about their day.

On Election Day Rodrigo and his wife went to vote in person, just as they always had. Only this time they were told they couldn’t vote. They had already voted by mail.

Someone had applied for mail-in ballots in their names, stolen their ballots from their mailbox, and tricked them into signing their own carrier envelopes containing ballots later marked with choices that were not their own.

That’s not how I write my name.

Amelia and Martha are sisters who live together. Both women were asked to look at the signatures on their applications for ballot by mail and the envelopes that carried their voted ballots. Amelia had suffered a stroke and her unsteady hand was evident in her carrier envelope, but not in her application. Martha recognized this fact and verified that the signature on the carrier envelope was most likely that of her sister.

Martha looked at her own carrier envelope and recognized her signature. However, she was shocked by the signature on the application. Her first remark was “that is not how I make my Ms.” The capital “M” of the two signatures were remarkably different. Martha couldn’t imagine why someone would forge her signature. Then again, she doesn’t remember applying for a ballot by mail.

All of these stories represent people whose votes and voices were stolen by mail-in ballot harvesters. These are real stories of voter suppression. Kind, trusting people victimized by people willing to break the law to push their agenda. Voting in person is the safest, most secure way to vote. If you qualify and must vote from home, do so, but be cautious.

Patriots Needed NOW to Secure Elections

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Time is almost up to fill some of the most critical positions in the upcoming November Elections. Election Judges and Clerks, the Early Voting Ballot Board, and the Signature Verification Committee all have deadlines of October 1st.

Across the state, there are countless polling locations that will be staffed with members of only one party. This leaves the election wide open for fraud. Both parties must be present to oversee the process jointly to ensure trust in the outcome.

In all but 21 counties in Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott received the majority of the vote. This means that the Presiding Judge of both the polling locations and the Early Voting Ballot Board should be a Republican. However, if no Republican is available to fill the role, the Presiding Judge is now a Democrat. The reverse is true in those 21 Democrat-controlled counties.

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Aaron Harris, Direct Action Texas Drive Reform

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Election fraud in Texas is easier to prosecute thanks to the work of Direct Action Texas (DAT) and Aaron Harris.

In 2018, Harris, then-Executive Director of DAT, sat down with Senator Kelly Hancock to discuss SB5, legislation the group helped craft to curb election fraud after years of uncovering it across the state.

Sen. Hancock, during the podcast, recalled how he worked with Rep. Craig Goldman and Harris on the issue of election reform, stemming in part from DAT’s deep understanding of voter fraud after uncovering it for the first time in 2015.

Since then, the organization has worked to raise the profile of voter fraud, advocating for sound election administration while continuing to investigate fraud and advocating for legislation to address issues encountered during those investigations.

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