In less than a week, Republicans across the state will come together to modify their platform at the State Convention in San Antonio. The Platform and Resolutions Committee will be called to order on Monday, June 11 and for three days will undertake the arduous work of going through the thousands of resolutions submitted from the County/SD Conventions that took place in March. With topics that range from immigration to raw milk, three resolutions in particular seem to stand out when it comes to election integrity.
Senate District 7 which is in Harris County submitted resolutions that could completely change the current election integrity plank.
Currently Plank 59 of the platform states:
FAIR ELECTION PROCEDURES-We support modifications and the strengthening of election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections. We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing printing of Results Tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations after the polls close for all counties. We support increased scrutiny and security in balloting by mail, prohibition of internet voting and any electronic voting lacking a verifiable paper trail, prohibition of internet voting, prosecution for election fraud with jail sentences, repeal of the unconstitutional Help America Vote act, and assurance that each polling pace has a distinctly marked, where possible, separate locations for Republican and Democrat primary voting. We support all means of protecting the integrity of our elections, including the optional use of paper ballots. We oppose county wide polling locations due to heightened potential for fraud.
Submitted for consideration:
FAIR ELECTION PROCEDURES-We support modification and the strengthening of election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections. We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing the Administrative Code, including printing of Results Tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations after the polls close for all counties. We support increased scrutiny and security in balloting by mail including a change to the Wisconsin system for voting in nursing homes and assisted living residences, prohibition of internet voting and any electronic voting that cannot produce a paper cast vote record, prohibition of mobile voting, prosecution for election fraud with jail sentences, repeal of the unconstitutional help America Vote Act, and assurance that each Primary polling place has a distinctly marked, where possible, separate location for Republican and Democrat primary voting. We oppose county-wide polling locations due to heightened potential for fraud and the disengagement of Texas citizens from the election process.
Notice that the allowance of the optional use of paper ballots has been removed from this revision. In addition to these revisions of the current plank, two plank additions were submitted.
Submitted plank 59A states:
PAPER TRAIL FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING-if the legislature believes that voter confidence in electronic voting can be improved by a “paper trail”, we support a format emulating the transaction summaries used by major banking institutions, as opposed to a detailed vote record which can be used by unions or school districts to intimidate voters.
Submitted plank 59B states:
PAPER BALLOTS-Because paper ballots are the voting method most vulnerable to counterfeiting and alteration, we oppose expanded use of paper ballots without failsafe technologies to prevent repeats of these historically documented forms of voting fraud.
Currently in Texas, each county decides whether they want to use paper ballots or electronic voting machines. Some counties even use a combination of the two where the ballots are marked either by hand or electronically and then counted by a machine. If these resolutions pass without modification and the legislature sees this as the will of the Republican Party of Texas, it could alter voting procedures in our state. It could also add unneeded cost to small rural counties that are currently conducting their elections in an efficient and cost effective method as laid out by current law.
At the time of this article, these resolutions have been submitted to the Government & Foreign Affairs Subcommittee which is composed of Roman Klein SD17-Chair, Alan D. Vera SD7, Jerry A. Madden SD8, Todd Gallaher SD18, Warrington lee Austerman SD19, Paul D. Perry SD22, Mark Dunham SD29, and Dusty Gallivan SD31. This subcommittee will be meeting Tuesday, June 12. Public testimony will start at 9:00 am.
Anyone wanting to testify on these resolutions or others are welcome to do so. The committee schedules and submitted resolutions can be found by visiting www.texasgop.org/delegates.
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