Fighting for election integrity and transparency

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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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.

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