As Election Integrity Chair for Texas Eagle Forum and a member of the Texans for Election Integrity Team, I want to go on record about my thoughts on how the 87th Legislative Session, 2021 has gone for election reform.
Let me start right out of the gate by saying that I’m furious. Overall, the whole process of addressing election integrity has been an abject failure. The process, the delays, the politics, the unnecessary complexities, and the obvious unpreparedness on the part of the Republicans is more than disappointing. Here we are at the end of the session, and we don NOT have a single solid election reform bill passed.
Does it really take this long to do the right thing? What’s the hindrance? The Democrats or the Republicans? Just recently,
We tried to get computers out of the election process, but our pleas fell on deaf ears. At the beginning of the legislative session, we had 6 simple asks, well, 7 if you include our asking for Keith Ingram to be fired.
This list addresses the 6, well 7, major attack surfaces of voter fraud and electronic fraud in the most uncomplicated, direct way, and yet the majority of our state legislators have managed to monumentally fail in protecting the ballot by giving us convoluted, complex bill language that does not address wholesale election fraud through electronic ballot manipulation.
Given that cyber intrusions happen in all major sectors, including, financial institutions, large commercial enterprises, government and military facilities, why do we think it wouldn’t happen say in Navarro County Elections Department or Midland County or Montgomery County? One of my colleagues asked the question: “why would we let the horses out of the barn and then close the barn door.?” Said another way, why would we wait for it to happen in an election, and then try to fix it. Oh wait. Maybe it already happened in the 2020 Presidential. The question is not IF our election systems will be hacked, but WHEN and HOW MUCH DAMAGE will be done?
Unless and until we get the computers out of the election process, we will never have enough laws to protect us from wholesale election fraud. And we will never again have another chance to win enough seats to win liberty and conservative victories in any sector. (Life, education, tollroads, statues, gender, 2nd Amendment, etc.) With perfectly clean legitimate voter rolls, the strictest of strict mail ballot qualifications, limited EV, and zero waivers, we still cannot guarantee that our vote results are authentic and believable.
As an election judge, I can have the most perfectly run polling location, with only qualified voters voting. But I cannot guarantee that their vote selections are counted properly or that the flash drives that I turn in are read properly. Where is the outrage from our elected officials? In Early Voting, our vote result tapes are not printed, so no one can guarantee that the votes are counted properly because we have no audit paper trail. This is unacceptable.
With the loss of confidence in our election process, we add to the growing list of key early warning indicators of conflict. Our country has already checked all the boxes on the instability data analysis scale. Fraudulent elections is the death knell. Civil unrest - or worse - is not far behind. The Democrats know it and they are fighting the “life or death” - “do or die” fight on these bills. Are the Republicans prepared for the fight? The clue to their unreadiness and un-seriousness was first seen when they ignored the major large scale attack surfaces in our election management systems. Even the major policy influencers wouldn’t touch the electronic ballot manipulation concern. This is just weird.
Rumors abound. Is there an outside force in play here? Is it the kingmakers? The RNC? The Deep State?
Well, it doesn’t really matter who it is. It only matters what we are going to do about it. The ball is in our court. It’s their mess, but it’s our job to clean it up - or better yet, clean them out. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s get back to the particular bills. SB7 was the stronger of the 2 omnibus bills, but HB6 language completely replaced SB7 language. The Senate did not agree to this committee substitution and called for a conference committee made up of 7 Rs and 3 Ds. They have only a few days left to get the stronger language back in place. We are waiting.
There are other bills we are watching, but some died with Jeff Leach’s stunt and others are hanging on by a thread.
If we don’t get computers out of the election process, then our legislators will have failed us. We will lose Texas, and who knows what will happen to our Republic. I’m not optimistic that our legislators will come through, so here’s what we must do:
CALL COMMISSIONER'S COURT ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 BEFORE 4:00PM!
STOP ALLOWING EVERYONE TO VOTE BY MAIL!!!
JUST SAY "NO TO MAIL-IN BALLOTS FOR ALL"
STOP ELECTION FRAUD!!!
THIS IS HOW DEMOCRATS PLAN TO STEAL OUR ELECTIONS!!!
As if we don't have enough election fraud in Dallas County, Commissioner John Wiley Price has put forth a resolution now on the Agenda for Tuesday May 5, 2020 to allow ALL to vote by mail:
This resolution is the result of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Democrat Party. State District Judge Sulak in Travis County ruled that mail in ballots would be accepted for every person due to the coronavirus issue regardless of disability or age over 65. Harris County also jumped on the bandwagon and began plans to implement immediately. But Attorney General Ken Paxton immediately appealed this ruling so Judge Sulak's attempt to legislate from the bench is stayed and of no effect -- at this time.
Now is the time to contact your County Judge and County Commissioners to voice your vehement objection to this attempt at usurping the election laws of the State of Texas.
Sign up by Monday 4:00 p.m. to speak at Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, May 4
You can write a Letter to the Editor of the Dallas Morning News
Republican Party of Texas
SREC Senate District 16
CRITICAL PUBLIC HEARING ON VOTE CENTERS July 9th, 9:00am
Are Vote Centers a good idea or just another way to steal elections? Read my blog post on 5/11/19 at americanlibertyforum.org entitled "The British Are Coming and So Are Voting Centers" for just one person's opinion. Also read about "Remote-Access Software Installed on Voting Machines".
On Tuesday, July 9th at the Commissioners Court located at 411 Elm Street and July 10th at the Addison Conference Center at 15650 Addison Road, there will be a public hearing to discuss Vote Centers here in Dallas County. PLEASE ATTEND AND TESTIFY. If you need help with preparing a statement please call either Aaron Ceder at 347-628-0795 or Chris Davis at +1 (469) 450-4320. Both can help with talking points.
Sign up to testify by calling either 214-653-7945, or 214-653-7327. They will ask for name, address, phone number and topic.
Dallas County Elections Department PRESS RELEASE:
From: Dallas County Elections Department
Toni Pippins-Poole, Elections Administrator, CERA, CCPA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2019
DALLAS COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO PROVIDE COMMENT AND OPINION REGARDING IMPLEMENTING DALLAS COUNTY VOTE CENTERS
Dallas County will hold a specially-called, Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, to inform residents of the County’s proposed transition to using Election Day Countywide Polling Locations (also referred to as “Vote Centers”). Residents can comment and express their opinions regarding implementing Vote Centers in Dallas County. Public comments will be recorded and made a part of Dallas County’s request to implement Countywide Polling Places (Vote Centers) for Election Day voting. Election Day Vote Centers would allow qualified voters to obtain and cast their specific ballot at any of the already established Election Day polling locations. Voters would not be limited to one polling location on Election Day; they can use any of the open polling locations in Dallas County. The Public Hearing begins at 9:00 AM, at the Dallas County Administration Building, Allen Clemson Courtroom, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.
Dallas County is also inviting the public to attend two (2) Vote Center “Information/Town Hall” Meetings as well. During these informal meetings, the public is able to view a presentation on Vote Centers, ask questions and/or provided their comments regarding countywide voting in Dallas County. They will also be able to try out the new voting equipment that makes Vote Centers possible, by voting in a mock election. These “Information/Town Hall” meetings are not like the more formal and official “Public Hearing on Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019; however, attendees will be able to prepare and return a survey with their comments and questions. The dates, times and locations of the meeting are:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Dallas County Administration Bldg., Allen Clemson Courtroom (1st Floor), 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202; and,
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Addison Conference Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
Dallas County residents can obtain more information about Vote Centers, and provide their feedback at: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/countywide-polling-places/.
Toni Pippins-Poole, CERA, CCPA, Elections Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Heard, Sr., Assistant Elections Administrator: email@example.com
This kind of maneuvering gives me reason to doubt that things are on the up and up with the Dallas County Elections Department. Someone on Commissioner JJ Koch's staff wrote: "We caught Toni and JWP giving a portion of this $25 mil contract with ES&S to one of their political operatives. It was Jane Hamilton, who was Craig Watkin's consultant in 2006. If you check her FB page, you see her with BHO. She contracted out a portion to a man in PR with a Hispanic name. They were the people who were to ship the new election equipment from Omaha to Dallas and to recycle our old equipment. The attached is the documentation I got for JJ to use in court....he was great....called out continued corruption, pounded the desk and was the only no vote. Read More...
May 9, 2019 2nd Meeting of the Voting Center Advisory Council (VCAC)
As a proxy for Dallas Eagle Forum at the 2nd VCAC's meeting, I got a snoot full of *&^%$# from the Dallas County Elections Department's discussion on Voting Centers. Voting Centers are another top down, central planning solution without sufficient data to support the expense, the upheaval, the manpower, and the security vulnerabilities that will come with VCs. It’s a colossal Power Shift without firing a single shot, tantamount to stuffing the ballot box! VCs target particular voting populations, to the exclusion of others (ours) with the outcome of skewed vote results and increased likelihood of result manipulations. I believe VCs will ultimately eliminate all Election Judge positions for Republicans and effectively silence our voices at the ballot box. Ushering in the federalization of our election process, we lose local control of our elections with the Voting Centers. They strangely remind me of the UN Regional Center concept. About 98% of the room (50+) was filled with leftists, who were all worried about increasing ballot access for their constituents. About five of us were conservatives. One was Libertarian and he thinks VCs are good. After the 2020 Presidential election, traditional precinct polling places will be consolidated into regional Voting Centers. Less is more. Really?
As far as I can tell no empirical evidence has been shown to justify the $7-10M price tag, nor have cost projections for annual expenses been shown. The Dallas County Elections Department says VCs will improve efficiency and cut costs with no objective measure of what either means. Except for meaning one thing: increasing voter turn out of a certain population. They all but proposed that ballots be available by Uber and Amazon right to your footstool, whether you're in the grocery store, the hospital, or the Post Office. They were real keen on using every subcategory of Census Data to find as many voters as possible.
Did I mention that the VC's will use wireless networks right inside the polling place? Wait! Whatever happened to no cellphones and laptops?? Beware! Even the DOD cannot secure the air, so do you think Dallas County Elections Department can secure the ballots?
Call Dallas County Elections Department to voice your opinion about Voting Centers. 214.819.6311.
Press Release From the Campaign Headquarters of Tami Brown Rodriquez, Dist. 9 City Council Candidate
Dallas County Elections Department has announced that it will introduce its new "e-Pollbooks" (electronic pollbooks) just before the upcoming May 4th city wide City Council elections. The e-pollbooks are supposed to take the place of the paper poll record and signature books that have been used for over 100 years. The timing and the vagueness of the exact function of these e-pollbooks has raised suspicions of advocates of preventing voter fraud like Dallas City Council Dist. 9 candidate Tami Brown Rodriquez:
"How these iPad computers are to be utilized to verify voter legitimacy is highly in question," Ms. Brown Rodriquz states, "There are a lot of questions that have been raised: Are the voters supposed to sign on the iPad? e-signatures are always terrible, so how are the signatures to be verified with the voter's voter registration card? Are the e-records up to date? What if there is a computer glitch or the system goes down on election day? And, with only 1 week of training available ahead of time, how can all the hundreds of poll workers be trained ahead of time?"
Tami's experience as a poll watcher in the past showed her there was wide spread voter fraud and irregularities in Dallas County elections, an experience which contributed in a paramount fashion to her decision to run for Dallas City Council. Election integrity is one of her core platform planks.
The timing and implementation of the new e-pollbooks is indeed suspicious. For example, seven sessions of training are being offered to poll workers to learn how to operate the pollbooks, but only 2 training sessions are being offered by the County Elections Department to train workers on voter ID authorization and verification, and these two training sessions will only occur AFTER early voting has already started. There was also no word from the Dallas County Elections Department on whether or not there would be a paper print out record of the voters registered on the system and their signatures. "That's a real problem," Brown Rodriquez concludes, "By law, electronic voting machines must produce a paper print out at the end of the day, but here in Dallas, election judges have been notoriously slack about requiring that. We have no word on whether these new pollbooks will even produce any kind of printed record. Otherwise the data just disappears, and 'wham!' you have a real fear then of election fraud."
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