~American Liberty Forum Announces
Joint Meeting with Dallas Eagle Forum~
Featuring: Curtis Bowers
Former Idaho State Representative and Filmmaker
“Understanding The Deep State and The Importance of 2020”
6:15pm - 8:30pm
University Park Library
8383 Preston Center Library
Dallas, TX 75225
(Candidates and Elected Officials will be introduced)
Curtis Bowers is a Christian statesman, husband, father, filmmaker, speaker, and businessman. He served as a State Representative in the Idaho Legislature, started and operated three Award Winning Fondue Restaurants, and produced the $101,000 Grand Prize winning film, AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN. Curtis and his wife of 27 years, Lauren, home educate their 9 children and operate the independent film and distribution company COPYBOOK HEADING PRODUCTIONS. The Bowers have traveled to over 40 states singing and speaking to promote their films. Their new film, AGENDA 2: MASTERS OF DECEIT, recently won “Best Documentary” at the 2016 CWVFF. “AGENDA IS THE MOST POWERFUL EXPOSE OF THE COMMUNIST, SOCIALIST, PROGRESSIVE ATTEMPT TO TAKE OVER AMERICA PRODUCED SO FAR.” -TED BAEHR, MOVIEGUIDE
Click here for Movie Trailer of AGENDA 2: MASTERS OF DECEIT
There are two law suits against the City of Dallas regarding Confederate Monuments. Warren Johnson vs. Dallas and Chris Carter/ Karen Pieroni vs. Dallas. Both cases were assigned to radical leftist Judge Eric Moye in Dallas County. Moye has ruled in both cases that the plaintiffs do not have standing because they do not own the monuments or the ground upon which they sit. Moye has treated the plaintiffs in a hostile, abrasive manner and harassed the plaintiffs’ attorney, Warren Norred, repeatedly. In the Carter/Pieroni hearing on June 10, 2019, City staff were subpoenaed to testify regarding their fraudulently backdating documents which would accelerate the Landmark Commission calendar and thereby deny the citizens of Dallas due process. Moye ruled against Carter/Pieroni before most of the witnesses could testify, including Chris Carter. Moye is doing all the City attorney's work for him. In short, the citizens of Dallas are being railroaded. A temporary restraining order on demolition of the Confederate Monument in Pioneer Cemetery was denied.
Subsequently, Judge Bill Whitehill, in the 5th Court of Appeals, issued a temporary restraining order in July regarding the Warren Johnson law suit. The Lee Monument had been sold and delivered the day before the restraining order was issued and was not saved. However, arguments before Whitehill's court are proceeding regarding the Confederate Monument. The City is claiming ongoing financial damages regarding the cost of guarding the Monument and the inconvenience of not being able to give a demolition contractor the go ahead to destroy the Monument. The City is asking the plaintiffs to provide a $500,000 bond. The City is lying. There is no guard posted at the Monument. The notion of financially penalizing civic minded Dallas citizens is not only offensive, but obscene. The plaintiffs are requesting oral arguments as a next step. Time is on our side; however, time in the courts costs money. Therefore, all concerned conservatives are urged to donate to the legal fund, http://www.returnleetoleepark.org/ right away. Protecting the integrity of our History is the very foundation of Conservatism.
June 18, 2019 Editorial, JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People, Commentary published in Texas Scorecard
Well, this is tiresome. From the Governor, Lt. Governor and most Republican legislators, it’s as if a collective amnesia has set in or a case of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Speaker Bonnen is the exception. He doesn’t even pretend not to understand. Bonnen declared he doesn’t give a tinker’s about conservatives, warned Republicans not to challenge each other or Democrats for House seats, and openly supports Democrat Joe Moody for Speaker next session should Democrats take the nine seats they need to take control. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey has nothing to say about the Republican Speaker’s open support of Democrats.
Governor Abbott and Lt. Dan know exactly why conservative leaders and activists are not happy with the results of the session. They simply do not care. They worked very hard with Speaker Bonnen to make sure Republican legislators stopped caring about the conservatives back home. Getting along with Democrats and divesting themselves of conservative principles were far more important.
There is no Republican Plan for Legislative Success or for Fiscal Sanity. None. As a result, Texas Republicans are following the path of their counterparts in Washington, DC. The only difference is geography. Just like DC Republicans, Texas Republican legislators repeatedly squander legislative sessions, not using their majority to get long-promised reforms passed. Many of these issues have been talked about for at least the last FIVE legislative sessions (and have appeared longer than that as TX GOP Platform planks), which leads us to conclude that Republican leadership no longer values the grassroots or the values they claimed when running for office. They will continue to lose seats because they fail to do what they promise.
We had a purple legislative session because too many Republican elected officials have turned purple. Now, they are putting Texas at risk in 2020.
For those who cannot seem to grasp the reason behind our discontent, conservative grassroots leaders and activists across Texas are not happy because…
“What you permit, you promote. What you allow, you encourage. What you condone, you own. What you tolerate, you deserve.” Michelle Malkin
Grassroots America has never supported purple, progressive Republicans who love Big Government if they can be in charge of it. We don’t intend to start now. Texas is at stake.
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People PAC
ALF Editor’s note: If we are going to get stiffed, then I’d rather be stiffed by an enemy than a friend. So what will you do in November 2020 if Governor Abbott does not give us a Special Session that passes any or all of the 5 priorities of the Republican Party of Texas Platform? This is not a rhetorical question. Write me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do we have in common with spiders, polar bears, and hamsters? We eat our own! Just like the creatures in the natural world, we lay waste to our own kind, as if driven by some sort of invisible force that justifies itself in the process. While nature’s practice of devouring siblings, mates, and offspring is repulsive and callous to most of us, why do we so often engage in this very practice in the human domain?
We criticize, judge, castigate, and dismiss those who are on our side! Some call it “circular warfare”. Unlike the Cape Buffalo who form a circle around their young to protect them by facing outward to fend off the enemy, we turn inward and shoot at each other! Without naming names, let me offer some generic examples that might help paint the picture.
Someone who has tomes of evidence from years of research and study on a particular subject matter gets denounced and put out to pasture because he/she “gets too much in the weeds.” Someone who is extremely colorful and energetic in the presentation of their subject matter is pummeled because “that person is too full of themselves.” Someone who is a little bit immovable and often fixed in an entrenched position gets labeled as “just too hard to work with - ever”. Someone who will neither compromise principles nor play the game to make a deal is branded as “a hard-headed, radical extremist”. Someone who doesn’t stick to the party line is “disloyal and must be excluded”. And on and on.
How do I know about these examples? Because I’ve heard or made these comments myself! But I’m sorry as all get out and I am determined to never again shoot my own teammates. What I will do, however, is judge only the issues at hand, with the facts on the table and the merits of their importance. I will examine the evidence, not the personality. I will evaluate the relevance of the material provided, not the provider. I will measure the credibility of the data and the credibility of the individual presenting it. I will exercise prudence in how best to use the data, taking into consideration the highest strategic advantage desired for the best possible outcome. Personal opinion and personality conflicts are off limits from now on.
We all have a part to play, with our unique giftedness and talents. We are opposing a formidable enemy who is intent on doing the most evil to the most people. We don’t have time to call out one another’s peccadillos, nor do we have enough of us to spare by sidelining the ones we don’t like. Don’t give the devil a foothold by catering to your own feelings. Don’t sabotage the battle plan by nursing your old wounds.
Be careful what you measure. Are we advancing individual liberty and justice, free markets, personal and fiscal responsibility, limited government, and national sovereignty? Or not. There is no middle ground. These principles come from objective truth that cares not a thing for your feelings and personal opinions about particular people. Be careful what you measure.
One caveat please: I am not advocating for blind loyalty. I am not suggesting that we continue to work with those who have betrayed us. I’ve drawn a line in the sand and I refuse to line up behind those nice but unsuitable so-called representatives. Said another way, just because you have an R behind your name doesn’t mean that you are on my team. Spoiler alert: something’s in the works. Time to choose up sides and stand with your man.
July 10th 2019 Legislative Update With Senator Bob Hall, Rep. Morgan Meyer, and Dallas County GOP Chair Rodney Anderson
"If mama ain't happy, then nobody's happy." I ain't happy. What strong conservative, individual liberty loving legislation did we get this past 2019 Session? Who stood strong for us and fought against big government, big lobbyist, and the big 3 (Abbott, Patrick, Bonnen)? What happened to serious property tax reform? Where is the protection for our historic monuments? Why did we get not election integrity? Who tried to stop the terrible Mental Health Bills? Is Texas really turning purple? Jo Ann Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America/We The People said it well: “Unfortunately, we now find ourselves faced with Republican officials who have steered our beloved Texas Left. We have three categories of GOP legislators. 1) Some are clearly leading a Progressive, Big Government agenda where “The State” provides government-imposed solutions to problems that should be addressed at the local, community level. 2) Some are just followers, scared out of their socks by the results of the November 2018 General Election, which was interpreted as a message to the “Republican herd” to run to the “compassionate conservative” middle, leaving our “controversial” GOP Platform Legislative Priorities in the dust. 3) Finally, most of our once dependable legislators are just so eager to be liked (or at least not punished) by the Big 3 Leadership, so eager to have their wives included in leadership’s “cool girls club,” and so eager to get a seat at the table of power, that they forgot all about their campaign promises and commitments. The problem is – the grassroots didn’t forget.” What are you willing to do to change the direction of our state and our country? Let your representatives hear from you early and often and always. Write me and tell me how you want to help. We need you!
The $1B Dallas County Community College Bond: Reckless or Responsible? explained by Dallas County Community College Trustee Phil Ritter.
"Socialist Indoctrination in Public Education" exposed by Bill Ames, author of Texas Trounces the Left's War on History, and a former member of the review team that helped develop the Texas high school social studies curriculum standards. His book, Texas Trounces the Left’s War on History, was released in May, 2012, and has been purchased by hundreds of conservatives across the state. A patriotic group distributed his book to the governors of all 50 states.
Bill continues to fight the left’s agenda, joining the movements against CSCOPE and Common Core. Bill remains a stout defender of the standards and a longtime member of American Liberty Forum.
American Liberty Forum joins Dallas Eagle Forum and Park Cities Republican Women on July 10th to discuss HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION featuring: Texas Representative Morgan Meyer, Texas Senator Bob Hall, and newly elected Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Rodney Anderson.
University Park Library, 3rd Floor
8383 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, Texas 75225
6:15PM - 8:30PM
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: email@example.com
Robert Heard, Sr., Assistant Elections Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to American Liberty Forum, the grateful and indebted offspring of Park Cities Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, founded by Russ Ramsland in 2009. Under Russ’ extraordinary leadership, we’ve had 10 years of relentless exertion and unswerving devotion to the cause of fiscal responsibility, limited government, personal responsibility, rule of law, and national sovereignty. Thanks to Russ, we are smarter, tougher, and more engaged in the political process. With Russ’ blessings, we are ready to take on the next 10 years with a bit of a facelift and new name. The principles are the same and the essence of who we are remains as strong as ever. The only difference will be an easier to say and remember (for our non-Dallas friends) name, as well as, an easier to use, content-rich storehouse of essential information. The ultimate goal, as always, is to educate and motivate the citizenry to participate in the governance of our cities, counties, states, and nation for the noble and godly cause of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for all. Stay strong, stay engaged, and as Russ always said, “Let’s go get ‘em!”
"Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?" Psalm 94:20
"My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law." Psalm 119: 136
The 2019 (86th) Legislative Session was the worst legislative session ever. I feel totally and completely betrayed. Something foul is underfoot - like a pervasive evil that has overtaken the people and the process. The state budget increased by 16%; property tax relief went to hell in a hand basket; election integrity bills were completely obliterated - along with honest elections; mental health bills disguising as school safety bills federalized public education while usurping the last precious prerogatives of parents, and a shocking abdication of responsibility to preserve our history and historical monuments slapped us in the face, sending a shock wave through our state. All done with Republican majorities in both chambers, as well as having a Republican Governor and Lt. Governor.
We have State legislators acting as oligarchs, bought and paid for by special interests, thinking that their job is to save the world. At the same time, we the sheeple have bought into the lie of separating Religion & Politics, Church & State, and God & Government. (BTW, God never did that!) The pastors are silent, the flock is asleep, and the elitist, globalist, corporatist foxes have run away with the hen house.
The only path we can take to recover the authority we unwittingly ceded to all levels of government is to put God back on the throne. We need a spiritual awakening. We do not have a political problem; we have a spiritual problem. We do not need a political solution; we need a spiritual solution. Indeed, all of the traditional, conventional methods of working with Texas lawmakers have utterly failed and actually mocked us. Said another way, political means and methods are dead to me. And so are the Republican officials who have sold us to the highest bidder. (Except for a few faithful ones.)
If you see what I see and feel called to do something, I beg you to do 3 simple things.
First, PRAY unceasingly for a spiritual revival, starting in your own heart and then moving massively throughout this nation.
Second, JOIN the 153 opinion leaders across the State who have already signed and delivered a letter to Governor Abbott asking him to veto SB 11, HB 18, and HB 19, all really bad bills that destroy due process, obliterate parental rights, and funnel millions to cronies. This call, albeit a conventional and traditional practice, is just the beginning. Expect more bold nonconventional tactics in the future.
Third, ASK your pastors to preach the whole Truth: that biblical principles are the basis for everything, including public policy. Write me if you need help here.
Governor Abbott Contacts:
PHONE: 512.463.2000 or 512.463.1782 after hours
TWEET: @GregAbbott_TX and @GovAbbott
MESSAGE on Facebook @TexansForAbbott
For information on the bill authors, co-authors, and votes, click here.
In today’s world, many organizations and people put a high value on diversity. Diversity has become the gold standard, almost out of thin air, with no rational basis for its value. Yet, diversity seems to be a virtue that everyone must have simply because someone decided that it needed to be important and everyone else jumped on the band wagon without giving much in-depth thought to what they were saying. It is an easy sell and it has sort of a feel-good feeling to it.
However, I disagree with the notion that diversity is a virtue. Virtue means having high moral standards. Virtues are things like honesty, courage, patience, perseverance, kindness, and commitment. Diversity itself is neither good nor bad. Diversity can be beneficial in certain settings, but diversity is not what makes us a great society. Morality and virtue (as listed above) make us a great society. Diversity does not make a great basketball team nor a great ballet company nor a great opera. Diversity does not improve the chances of finding a cure for cancer nor improve the quality of new bridges and aircraft carriers. Diversity does not make my neighborhood safe, and it does not make my church more worshipful. Diversity might make a church choir better because of the need for different parts and different voice qualities, but an all male choir could be just as beautiful.
When we talk about diversity in the workplace, I’m all for hiring different types of people, but I want to hire people based on what they can offer my company, to make my company better. I don’t care about their outward appearance, like what color their skin is, what their gender is, or what their religion is. What I care about is how well can they do the job and whether or not they are a good fit for my company. Are they smart, are they teachable, are they capable of growing into a leadership position, do they have a track record, are they good communicators? These are some of the questions I would ask before hiring someone. As a leader of an organization, I want to have the very best people on my team. Forcing me to hire based on arbitrary, exterior characteristics robs me of my freedom to choose what is best for my company or my department and it has no historical, objective data to prove that it has made us any better. (One historical data point that most people get wrong: our nation was not created by a melting pot of diverse people. We were mostly a homogenous group of Western Europeans with similar Judeo-Christian values who were not tired and poor, but hardworking, tenacious, and determined to make a successful new life in a new wonderful country.)
“Variety is the spice of life” for some, but I say, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, and this new social experiment of forcing diversity into the workplace and the school yard just doesn’t make sense to me.
After reading this article on the American Renewal Project website, I cemented my long held belief that the Christians must save America from socialism and godlessness. Read this article by Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma) and tell me what you think. If, indeed, it is our job to save America, then how do we do it? What are you willing to do?
"Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma) once invited an audience to “name one book in the Old Testament that is not written by, to or about political leaders.” He then offered, “I think there are three in total. I’ll make you figure out the three … Job is one.”
And yet, over the last century theological heresy has so adulterated modern Christendom that seminaries appear to be yielding disciples cast in the mould of Epicurus. “We don’t do politics,” they highbrow with a whiff of Epicureanism, an arcane academic approach where the rough and tumble of civic responsibility is shunned for a more peaceful, happy and tranquil life.
In order to juxtapose early American Christianity to the modern version, let’s take two paragraphs from B.F. Morris’ 1864 classic The Christian Life and Character of The Civil Institutions of The United States: “The persecutions of the Puritans in England for non-conformity, and the religious agitations and conflicts in Germany by Luther, in Geneva by Calvin, and in Scotland by Knox, were the preparatory ordeals for qualifying Christian men for the work of establishing the civil institutions on the American continent. ‘God sifted’ in these conflicts ‘a whole nation that He might send choice grain over into the wilderness’; and the blood and persecution of martyrs became the seed of both the church and the state.”
“It was in these schools of fiery trial that the founders of the American republic were educated and prepared for their grand Christian mission, and in which their faith and characters became strong and earnest with Christian truth. They were trained in stormy times, in order to prepare them to elaborate and establish the fundamental principles of civil and religious liberty and of just systems of civil government.”
There is a staggering lack of Biblically-based knowledge and impact in America’s public square. Secularism, Christianity’s chief competitor, thrives solely in the absence of morality, and Christians have handed over the culture and its mountains of influence to those in rebellion against God. Any casual observer will recognize that secularism’s dominance of academia, newsrooms, sports, the Courts, big business, Hollywood, and medicine is a direct result of Christians ‘not doing politics’. It would seem that modern Christianity is ‘not doing education’ either, given that the secular worldview now is being spoon-fed to 85% of America’s youth. Until Christians step into the public square, reestablishing a Biblically-based culture, the ‘sexualization’ and secularization of youth, allied and abetted by Hollywood and media cliques, will continue to bring the nation to ruin.
“Politicians are actors performing a script, written by the audience,” Russell Kirk observed. But, since politics is downstream from culture’s upper tributaries, secularists control the source by riding herd on public education, methodologies and teaching strategies through secular power structures.
In founding America, Christians initiated a Biblically-based culture, which in turn produced outstanding men and women of character, whose customs, traditions and moral laws and standards brought forth an exceptional America. For a nation is not exalted by its military prowess or Gross Domestic Product, but by its righteousness.
The Founders established the Bible as the anchor and cornerstone in order to judge, thereby inducing unity, structure and shape, which in due course joined a people together, and so fashioned a unique culture that came to be known as American Exceptionalism."
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 $25 mil contract with ES&S to one of their political operatives. It was Jane Hamilton, who was Craig Watkin's consultant in 2006. If you check her FB page, you see her with BHO. She contracted out a portion to a man in PR with a Hispanic name. They were the people who were to ship the new election equipment from Omaha to Dallas and to recycle our old equipment. The attached is the documentation I got for JJ to use in court....he was great....called out continued corruption, pounded the desk and was the only no vote. Read More...
Over the years, many people have asked me how I learned about various topics, whether it's about the proper role of government or about the principles of liberty and free markets. I decided to make a short list of my favorite books that have had the most impact on me and my political activism. I offer this list to you with no caveats, but with an exhortation to read everyone of them over and over. And then see what happens! For any given author, you can find multiple books written by that author, but I have listed just one per author. Here ya go:
Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of US Senator Ted Cruz, tells the story of America’s founding, on Judeo-Christian principles, and delivers a stern warning to everyone about the imminent threat from the radical left who want to destroy these guiding principles and this country. Rafael Cruz' clarion call to reclaim America is compelling. Attend Leadership Forum monthly meetings, formerly Park Cities Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, to connect with others who are actively engaged in the political culture at all levels.
May 9, 2019 2nd Meeting of the Voting Center Advisory Council (VCAC)
As a proxy for Dallas Eagle Forum at the 2nd VCAC's meeting, I got a snoot full of *&^%$# 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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