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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

Three Areas of Needed Election Reform

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Reforms are desperately needed this legislative session to stem hemorrhaging trust in Texas elections.

The three most important areas to address before sine die 2021 are list maintenance, mail-in balloting, and big tech election interference.

This isn’t a comprehensive list, merely items the legislature has been given every possible reason to tackle after the shambolic execution of the 2020 election.

One note on election administration; there are counties where minimally altered elections were run in 2020. These counties are not the problem but will be aided by reform. Notable exceptions Harris, Dallas, and Travis are bad actors who need to be leash trained.

Additionally, the Secretary of State, who serves at the Governor’s pleasure, needs more precise directions on the aforementioned priorities after a similarly inglorious 2020.

Let’s get to work on these items before the entire system is irreparably corrupted.

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What Election Measures to Oppose and Support in 2021

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Texas and America are truly at a crossroads when it comes to the administration of elections. The political left is trying to consolidate power and squash what looks like a revitalization of the populist movement.

During the 2021 legislative session, there are broad categories of bills dealing with election integrity that Direct Action Texas will support or oppose.


Voter ID alterations: Several bills seek to “update” language in the election code related to voter identification are filed. There is no apparent, well-argued reason for updating this practice. Some of the suggested changes will lower security and verification of ID and will continue to lower trust in elections.

Universal mail-in balloting: At all levels of government, Democrats will be pushing for more mail-in balloting. When the pandemic hit, abuse and unlawful expansion of the practice took place in many jurisdictions across Texas.

Expanded curb-side voting: To be clear, the expansion of curbside (drive-thru voting), while it was sold as a protection against the spread of COVID19, is not a reasonable or practical solution. Election administrators and poll workers will testify that curbside voting is a logistical headache that has been and should remain available in a limited fashion.

Electronification of elections: Several bills are filed every session to push elections out of the physical realm and into the digital. While claims abound, no evidence of an election being stolen via electronic vote switching has been verified. Nonetheless, it’s abundantly clear that the adoption and increased use of electronics in the election process do not build trust.

Additionally, moving election functions to email or online, including communications, voting, and registering, are objectionable due to the insecure, unverifiable, and hackable nature. 

Also, “wet” signatures, not electronic or photocopied, are the most secure form of identification, and any movement away from them is ill advised.


Procedure clarifications: Too much of election law is vague. Without clear instructions, elections are administered in a slapdash fashion, which has an anticipated effect on confidence in elections, it’s lowered.

Mail-in ballot reform: This election cycle revealed the scourge that mail-in balloting is on our elections. Democrats have historically admitted this reality but in 2020 and on a going-forward basis appear ready to exploit the weaknesses of this method of voting to manufacture elections where they might otherwise lose.

Penalties for bad behavior: Legislation that enacts and raises penalties for an illicit activity or, in some cases, the dereliction of duty will be supported. Following the passage of SB 5 in 2017, which defined organized election fraud, increased many misdemeanors to felonies, and created other criminal penalties, loopholes for bad actors remain. 

Risk limiting audits: Trust in elections would be significantly improved with the Secretary of State and law enforcement entities’ ability to conduct risk-limiting audits.

Civil penalties and timelines: Currently, remedies and paths to prosecution for election fraud allegations are onerous, time-constrained, and consuming.

Civil penalties for election fraud would afford aggrieved parties more comfortable access to the courts and provide remedies that are commensurate with the damage caused by both the act of committing fraud and the cost of pursuing justice after it’s saved.

Current timelines for certifying elections and proving up allegations of fraud are too tight and need to be extended to accommodate quick but thorough research of election activity.

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