Texas Press Conference

Election Integrity For November Elections
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Proactively Ensuring Election Integrity in Texas
Austin, Texas – October 18, 2016 - There are serious election concerns in Texas related to the Texas Secretary of State’s office issuing numerous 2016 administrative waivers which encourage counties to ignore state election laws related to paper backup records and audits for counties utilizing both paper ballots and direct recording electronic voting machines (DRE’s).  These waivers place the integrity of the November elections at risk.   
Texas leaders and citizens from diverse political groups have joined together requesting Texas Governor Greg Abbott to immediately take actions to ensure election integrity for November. 

Join us for a Press Conference
Texas State Capitol, Room E1.026
11am – Noon, Wednesday, October 19

Election integrity issues will be discussed and letters demanding adherence to all Texas election laws will be delivered to Gov. Abbott and other state executive leaders.  Approximately 1,000 personally signed letters will be presented along with a summary of prominent Texans, and the cities, where the signatories reside.
Because time is of the essence, the collaborative group is requesting Governor Abbott to immediately ensure:
  • Precinct Returns/Tally Lists/Tally Tapes/Results Tapes--are printed, signed, and returned to county officials in the correct envelopes as defined by Chapter 65 (65.004 and 65.014) and Chapter 66 (66.022, 66.023, 66.024) of the Texas Election Code for counties utilizing paper ballots and direct recording electronic voting machines (DRE’s).  This means election judges at polling locations for Early Voting and on Election Day must print and sign the tapes at the polling location when the polls close.  
  • Audits such as the Partial Manual Recounts--are to be completed uniformly by every county per Texas Election Code 127.201(a).
According to a press release from State Senator Bob Hall, “Due to an increasing number of complaints, it is time for the Texas Elections Division Office to take immediate and decisive action to rescind all waivers issued by that office… and instruct all Texas counties using electronic voting systems to consistently adhere to all election laws…”
Hall further explains, “These inconsistencies in election record retention are breeding ground for election fraud …Unfortunately many of these inconsistencies are driven by waiver letters, which direct counties to ignore the above election laws. These waivers are being provided by the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division Office.”
From a long term standpoint, the group is also requesting Governor Abbott to ensure:
  • the Secretary of State only approve voting machines that strictly adhere to the Texas Constitution,  and
  • the Secretary of State does not move forward with newly proposed administrative changes that attempt to eliminate crucial paper backup records for electronic voting for future elections.
State Senator Don Huffines, issued a strong press statement regarding the recent proposal to eliminate paper backup records for future elections in Texas, “The state's chief election officers must reconsider and redraft their proposed election rules to pursue more real-time paper records and backups, not fewer….The comfort & convenience of election administrators should not take priority over voters' confidence and election integrity.”

Huffines continued, “I am outraged that Texas is not the nation's leader on election integrity, and I'm appalled that we are moving backward rather than forward.”
Dr. Laura Pressley, Ph.D. is an election integrity activist who has surveyed counties related to adherence to the Texas Constitution and Election Code and has subsequently made over 100 presentations in the last year across Texas related to election integrity. 
Pressley says, “Texas elections encompass Presidential, congressional, and statewide races; therefore, all counties are expected to consistently adhere to all election integrity laws and procedures because we are collectively subject to the results.”  

She adds, "The 2016 election is critical to Texas and to the United States of America. Vigilant enforcement of laws outlined in our Texas Constitution and Election Code is of the utmost importance in knowing the vote cast is the vote being counted."

Full Press Release can be found HERE.

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