Texas Democratic Party Sues to Expand Mail in Votes

| April 9, 2020

Making things, that they don’t want, disappear. Making things, that they do want, appear. (The Donald Win)

Democrats across the country are using the new coronavirus pandemic to expand absentee voting. They argue that there is a possibility that these conditions will last until the November elections. The Democrats continue to argue that the current condition could place us back in social distancing mode. They also argue that folks may remain in social distancing mode even when the crisis subsides and disappears.

Many Republicans oppose Democrat desire for expanded mail-in ballots. Absentee voting opens the door for additional cheating. Additionally, this gives people, not qualified to vote, the opportunity to cast a vote.

This isn’t the only thing that the Democrats are hoping to adjust. They’re also pushing for the removal of voter ID as well as implementing same-day voting. Democrats in Texas are joining the push for expanded absentee voting.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

It is critically important that election officials and voters begin to prepare for an election where fewer ballots are cast in-person,” the lawsuit reads.

The polls can be busy places on election day, and some Texas voters saw hours-long waits this past Super Tuesday. With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, some lawmakers were concerned showing up to the polls would jeopardize public health.

The Texas Democratic Party had filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court late last month arguing that a provision of Texas Election Code allows for Texans to cast their ballots by mail to prevent the coronavirus’ spread.

The lawsuit cited a section of Texas Elections Code that the Secretary of State’s Office had also pointed to in a recent election advisory to local officials, noting that Texas law defines disability as “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.

Tuesday’s lawsuit also cited the Secretary of State’s advisory, arguing it had not clarified what a disability may be under the statute and noting it had recommended local officials stock up on necessary materials to meet an anticipated increase in vote-by-mail requests.

Imagine what changes the Democrats could get if they dominated all the courts. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more details here. The complaint is available in PDF format.

Category: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Politics

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  1. Hack Stone says:

    Please change “illegible” to “eligible”. Hack Stone Publishing will appreciate the correction.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Hack Stone, thebesig must of bought his auto-corrupt software from a proud but humble woman owned company that normally sells outdated software to the federal government. Gullible er er potential customers like this may be the catalyst to make someone find Elaine Ricci.

      The demonrats are not going to let this crisis go to waste. They have tried everything else to impede and disrupt the Trump administration. Now that they know about how many votes they need to steal, this sham election will give them the best chance to regain the reins of power and continue their march in the goal of destroying our Republic as we know it. I received one official absentee ballot request form from the Sec of State’s Office. Had another show up for “Occupant” that came from the DNC. Go figure.

      • thebesig says:

        The autocorrect doesn’t kick in for me when I’m using dictation software. However, speech to text has its own version of autocorrect using the wrong word… posting a similar-sounding word instead of the one mentioned.

    • thebesig says:

      Thanks for the catch. Changed to “qualified”.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Anyone voting anywhere, any place, any time, any method, any means, any number = demonrat wet dream…

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    And of course the ballots will be “postage paid”
    ……by the taxpayer thus equating to a poll tax.

    • UpNorth says:

      I’m sure the Dems will volunteer to pick up the ballots and mail them in for the citizens. Just insert your unmarked ballot in the envelope, but don’t seal the envelope. They’ll even provide postage.

  4. NHSparky says:

    Texas has a long history with Democrat vote fraud. Just ask LBJ.

    • Hondo says:

      Yep. LBJ had the 1941 special election to the US Senate for Texas stolen from him via voter fraud (though LBJ also engaged in voter fraud during that election, he made a tactical error in releasing his vote totals too early). LBJ was actually announced as the winner – but with only 96% reporting. His opponent thus knew how many fraudulent votes were required and obtained same.

      LBJ and his cronies made damn made sure they didn’t make that mistake again – and outright stole the 1948 Senate election through with the assistance of one each George Parr and a few other Texas Democratic political jefes.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_United_States_Senate_election_in_Texas

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Send me a ballot, I’d love to do my part in keepin’ Texas God-fearing and free.

  6. David says:

    Texas already has early voting AND mail-in absentee ballots. Worried about getting sick? Plan a bit.

  7. Hondo says:

    Ah, the Texas Democratic Party – those same “stalwart, honest folks” who gave us “Landslide” Lyndon Johnson as US Senator in 1948 – and are also responsible for the US having that scheming, mendacious ass as POTUS.

    Seriously: if you’ve never read Robert A. Caro’s Means of Ascent . . . you need to do so. It documents, meticulously, how LBJ stole that election with the assistance of many of the Texas Democratic Party’s behind-the-scenes leadership and supporters.

  8. FuzeVT says:

    My political opinions are, in large part, formed by who is for them. For example, when I heard that Trump was disliked by not just the left, but the establishment on both sides, I thought, “There MUST be something to this guy!” After all of the off-key caterwauling was done by the RINOs like John McCain, I knew Trump was my guy.

    In this case, I see the Democrats in Texas want something and it has to do with voting. Once I knew those two facts, there was really no reason to continue to learn more about it in order to oppose it. Perhaps when the Left decides to not be so deceitful and dishonest about everything they do, I will take what they say at face value. Won’t be holding my breath. . .

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    “The dead shall vote again, it is our way.”
    Nancy Pelosi

  10. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    Here is an Op Ed submitted to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on this subject.
    Time to Think Outside the Box

    I have been giving a lot of thought to how we are going to conduct the November election primarily in Jefferson County but as a more practical matter across Arkansas. One option promoted by Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) and Rep. Greg Leding (D) is for no-excuse absentee voting in November. Such legislation appears to be a self-serving attempt to achieve something under the guise of a national emergency their political party could not achieve at the ballot box.

    Knowledgeable election officials agree out of all voting options absentee ballots offer the greatest opportunity for election fraud by candidates, campaign workers, designated bearers, authorized agents and nursing home aadministrators. Election fraud on that scale usually targets a township, district, municipal for sure and occasionally a county office race. I have a significant concern what may occur in the Second District U.S. Representative race if voting is only by mail

    What is truly amazing as recent experience with the March 31 Jefferson County runoff election indicated, relying primarily on absentee ballots would suppress voting. Of the two races, in the pre-COVID-19 crisis primary, the rural JP race with all seven polling places open had seven absentee voters. Then absentee ballot application rules were relaxed and wide publicity encouraged voters to use absentee ballots resulting in only 16 for the runoff, which only had two polling sites.

    A Pine Bluff city council race had 30 absentee with 6 polling sites initially then 63 absentee for the runoff with only 4 polling sites. I suspect proximity of the courthouse to these voters made it easier for them to obtain absentee ballot applications with more interest in this race.

    Therein lies the problem – voters have to apply for an absentee ballot. Although the Clerk offered several options and there was substantial targeted publicity, voters did not care enough to make the effort. Ergo, if voting by absentee ballot is the only option, experience is people are not going to vote. Moreover, the unscrupulous are going to surface.

    There are also logistical and other practical issues, which are detriments to only voting by mail. They include timely processing and counting of an extraordinary number of absentee ballots. There will be a large number of uncounted ballots for the usual non-match reasons. Ballots from voters neglecting to provide photo ID or sign the optional statement in lieu thereof will become provisional ballots. That, in-turn, requires notification by mail, a cure period and an opportunity for a hearing before a final decision is made. Executive Orders can only go so far and I believe Governor Hutchinson has acted in a reasonable and prudent manner in addressing concerns for the March 31 runoff elections.

    If we cannot vote in person, temporarily voting electronically is the most viable and cost effective solution in this digital age of whizz bang technology if we are serious about getting out the vote. If handled properly with emphasis on safeguards, electronic voting, similar to electronic banking, should afford protection against election fraud. The alternative for those not technology inclined or able is the absentee ballot.

    Voters can currently visit the Secretary of State’s on-line Voter View to determine their voting precinct and view a ballot. With advance registration, pin numbers and other safeguards, at this early stage I cannot think of any downside why they cannot also vote their ballot on-line using a spectrum of devices. Electronically voted ballots can be counted at state-level and election night results routed to counties much the same, as counties now upload to Secretary of State. Counties upload absentee ballot results to Secretary of State providing timely election night results.

    Yes, yes, the conspiracy hacking theorists are going to surface with numerous “what if’s?” and the ever popular “could” as opposed to clear evidence. This is the time for outside of the box problem solving and going with electronic voting and absentee ballots warrants consideration.

    Former Democratic State Representative Hudson Hallum and his father demonstrated how easy it was to steal an election with cash, vodka and chicken dinners in exchange for absentee ballot votes. Let us please avoid a redux and take precautions.

  11. Stacy0311 says:

    As a Texan, the stupidity of the Democratic party in Texas never fails to amaze and amuse me.
    Remember Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis? Gold digger abortion filibusterer? Remember how well she did in the governor’s race?
    Everybody’s favorite, Robert “Hell yeah we’re gonna take your AR15” O’Rourke? Couldn’t manage to beat one of the most disliked (and outright hated) Republicans in the state for Senate and thinks that loss qualified him to run for president.
    My personal favorite is MJ Hegar. Currently in a run off to be the Democrat nominee to get whalloped by John Cornyn in the Senate election. She lost her race for Congress to John Carter (not from Mars) and that qualifies her to be a Senator. Just ignore that only 22% of democrats voted for her in the primary. Travis, Tarrant and Harris counties will continue to be blue islands (along with the border counties-I wonder why…..)
    As long as Texas Democrats keep running AOC-lite candidates, they’ll continue to lose state wide elections.

    And they’ll keep trying to steal what they can’t win.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    It’s obvious that Texas to this day still doesn’t have enough dead people voting their way, so here comes their next scheme!

  13. rgr769 says:

    Besig, the graphic you posted isn’t accurate. Those 33,000 Hildabeast emails weren’t lost; they were deliberately deleted and then every server and device that stored them was wiped with BleachBit. Then to make sure, Ipads and Crackberries were smashed with hammers. The only device that escaped this process was Carlos Danger’s laptop, which the crooked FBI likely wiped after they looked at what was on it.

    • timactual says:

      Interesting how Hillary and the Dem.s couldn’t seem to find qualified IT people to secure their computers and follow the law and regulations but they didn’t have any trouble finding people who knew how to cover their tracks.

      Priorities, I guess.

  14. CST396B says:

    Of course the demoRATS want to ease restrictions on mail-in ballots. Lying and cheating have become the foundation of their campaigns. And of course they are all for any rule changes that will give them any clear cut advantage. California used to be a republican stronghold until the dems gerrymandered them out of existence. Just like they want to do with the electoral college. Sorry but I’ll never be ready to accept Los Angeles and New York City making all the decisions in this country.

  15. Wireman611 says:

    If ya wanna know what would jeopardize public health AND safety it would be giving the Democratic party the free rein of the ballot box.