The state of Texas is leading the way in safeguarding election integrity.

State Rep. Valoree Swanson, of Spring, has authored HB-611. Her bill calls for changes to the oath taken by poll workers, as well as stiffer punishments for any poll worker found to unduly influence voters requesting assistance.

State Rep. Dennis Paul, of Houston, has offered two election integrity bills. HB-1724 provides clarity on the rules surrounding the ability of poll watchers to view the actions of poll workers and voters. Representative Paul’s HB-1725 provides greater election security by specifying who may deliver marked ballots to early voting clerks.

Texans can agree that we should do all that's necessary to conduct free and fair elections. Please contact your state representatives and ask that they support such efforts.

Larry Davis

Galveston County Precinct 103 Chair

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Carlos Ponce

The oath in HB 611:

"I swear (or affirm) that I will not suggest, by word, sign,

or gesture, how the voter should vote; I will confine my assistance

to answering the voter's questions, to stating propositions on the

ballot, and to naming candidates and, if listed, their political

parties; I will prepare the voter's ballot as the voter directs; I

did not pressure or intimidate the voter into choosing me to provide

assistance; and I am not the voter's employer, an agent of the

voter's employer, or an officer or agent of a labor union to which

the voter belongs."

https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB611/id/2216389

Gary Miller

Rules to safe guard legal votes are opposed by socialists. Suppressing illegal voting should be a prime issue.

Stuart Crouch

These nationwide Republican-led efforts to suppress the votes of minorities, people of color, the working poor, the homeless and disenfranchised should be just as serious of a felony offense as those other circumstances which they have passed laws against, even when no discernable evidence exists to justify their need. While we're at it, if the focus is on free and fair elections, let's go ahead and outlaw gerrymandering! I bet that doesn't make it into these ridiculous bills. Go figure. Hey, let's do away with the electoral college, while we're at it. One person, one vote, right? What better way! Seriously, some of you should at least have the stones to be able to admit what you're doing, even as it is being done. No need to start being honest now, I guess.

The grand old idea that the more 'hoops' they must jump through, the less of 'them' may show up and vote, is still a priority for the evil Right. These bills ensure "election integrity" about as much as 'ethnic cleansing' will prevent crime. (Please don't get any ideas, MAGAts.)

Everyone but those who are complicit in the passing of this type of legislation and those who unapologetically stand to gain from it in an unethical manner, can easily see these bills for what they are; desperate and feeble attempts to deny some voters their opportunity...their constitutionally-guaranteed right...to cast their vote in an open and free election. Again, and like most other mistruths, alternative facts and outright lies that the Right has employed to divide and destroy our country, the only ones that believe this legislative scat, are you and those that share your limited thinking and fear of things that don't exist.

Just like in grade school, when you tell that one lie, you have to keep on telling more lies, just to cover for the first one. Now look what the "Big Lie" has done for all of you...still having to lie again and again, just to make it not appear to be such a "big" lie. Clearly, some of y'all need to have more Jesus in your life. [innocent]

Carlos Ponce

Stuart Crouch just wants to do what every Democrat does - Vote early and often.

Now tell us which proposal suppresses votes?

HB 1 will do away with Voter ID. So what will Stuart do if he wants to vote but discovers a vote has already been cast in his name?

Gary Scoggin

We are seeing over-reactions on both sides. HB1 goes too far in one direction just as the legislation pending in the Texas legislature goes too far in the other. We see Texas Republicans rightly declaring that HB-1strips too much local control away from the states and then repeats that same mistake by doing the same thing to counties in Texas SB-7. (Once again our “leaders” in Austin show that they hate local control of anything.) Let’s set some MINIMUM, uniform standards that protect voter access and guard against fraud and let the counties implement them.

(For the record, I’m okay with voter ID, as long as the IDs are not overwhelmingly difficult to get and getting them doesn’t act as a de facto discriminatory tactic, but I’m also for lots of accessible polling places and easy early voting with whatever hours a community thinks best serves the interests of those wishing to vote. And, for God’s sake, it should be okay to give sustenance to someone standing in line.)

Carlos Ponce

Texas SB 7:

https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB7/2021

Point out the part that "strips too much local control" away from the counties, Gary Scoggin.

Gary Scoggin

Section 306 (b) “ (b) Each polling place shall be located inside a building. A

polling place may not be located in a tent or other temporary

moveable structure or in a facility primarily designed for motor

vehicles. No voter may cast a vote from inside a motor vehicle

unless the voter meets the requirements of Section 64.009.”

This part of Sections 31.3 (a) and (b), “except that voting may not be conducted earlier than 7 a.m. or later than 7 p.m.”

The limitations on poll hours in Sections 3.13 (c), (d) and (e).

3.16(b), “ If a

suitable room is unavailable inside the branch office, the polling

place may be located in another room inside the same building as the

branch office. The polling place may not be located in a tent or

other temporary movable structure or a parking garage, parking lot,

or similar facility designed primarily for motor vehicles.”

Similar measures in Sections 3.17 and 3.18.

Carlos Ponce

Not really any difference from what is already there, Gary.

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/ELECTIONCODE.pdf

The original statute required voting shall be in a building. This proposed law specifies that a tent nor a mobile unit nor parking garage or parking lot.may be used. DUH!

Hours for voting are from No earlier than 7am to no later than 7pm according to the proposed legislation. Under the original statute "The authority ordering the election, or the county clerk if that person is the early voting clerk, shall determine which hours the voting is to be conducted." And what are those hours?

Galveston County: Early Voting Hours 2020:

Early voting continues this week at all early-voting locations. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sunday, polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During the final five days of early voting, from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election day November 3, 2020 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And as usual as long as you are in line by 7pm you may still vote.

Gary Scoggin

Actually, the bill is more constraining. There are other aspects of the bill around mail in votes, absentee votes, etc that I didn't go into. Although Galveston County may meet many of the requirements of the bill in most cases, that's not true for all Texas counties. My objection is that Austin is deciding for us and everyone else things peripheral to the actual casting and counting of ballots. Not letting local authorities set their own polling places and hours will do nothing to increase participation of legal voters. In fact, just the opposite.

And I assume everyone wants legal voters to be able to cast their votes without undue hindrance.

Carlos Ponce

More rhetoric from Gary Scoggin. I posted the Bill, now can you point out the specifics of how voting is allegedly suppressed or not?

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, I don't supply "rhetoric" for you as you are resistant to facts you don't like. I do like to inform open minded people though. I think most reasonable people can see how the bill will make it harder for some people to vote.

Carlos Ponce

More rhetoric from Gary Scoggin. I posted the Bill, now can you point out the specifics of how voting is allegedly suppressed or not?

You never told us , Gary. All you post is that it will... just political rhetoric. Since you NEVER posted how votes are suppressed, you are just spouting RHETORIC.

Gary Scoggin

A wise man once told me to never argue with a fool. He'll bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Gary Scoggin

The details of where and when voting can happen, especially early voting, should be made as locally as possible. Every county, and parts of many counties, are different.

Carlos Ponce

With our population shifts some move in with bad election time habits.

Heidi Gordon

Carlos, so Austin should control election times because people moving from one county to another get bad election time habits? Maybe Austin should start controlling between what hours we’re allowed to sleep or take our meals to make sure we don’t develop other bad timing habits. Election time habits? Really?

Carlos Ponce

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi...... Setting election times is within their constitutional (US and Texas) scope of power. Setting your sleep time, etc. is not. You would know that if you didn't fall asleep in Civics.

Jim Forsythe

Some people believe "Vote early and often." is the standard for some others. If a person votes more than once, bad things can happen to them.

Federal law governing voting practices stipulates that people who vote more than once "shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."

Why are we trying to reduce the number of people that vote? Instead of imposing restrictive laws on how to vote, we need to make it easer to vote.

Record number of voters turn out this time, and we need to encourage the new voters to vote again.

Heidi Gordon

Record number of voters turned out to vote in 2020? How many cases of voter fraud occurred? So why are all these states scrambling to further restrict voting laws to solve a problem that doesn’t exist? Hmmm

Carlos Ponce

The true numbers will be revealing to even you, Heidi.

Gary Scoggin

Some aspects of the bill that put more rigor into the counting and certification processes are good improvements. These go into election integrity whereas the things I mentioned go to restrictions on access.

domenico nuckols

You live in a state whom the Secretary of State is a Republican and the County you live in is controlled by Republicans. Maybe you should be looking in your own hen house!

Ted Gillis

I gave that Oath of Assistance numerous times during my years as a precinct election judge, without there ever being an issue. It seems that the part they added was about the person assisting not being an employer, agent, or an officer of a union.

This added language just creates a boogie man that is otherwise not there to begin with.

In other words, a typical republican solution to a problem that never existed, and adding fear and distrust to a process that is just a simple and helpful task.

This is how they legislate.

Carlos Ponce

I am glad you had no problems but statewide the problems the proposed legislation addresses is real.

Carlos Ponce

The most common election time problems I witnessed were: lack of identification, people wearing shirts, caps, masks promoting a candidate and people from out of county trying to vote in Galveston County.

Lack of ID people cast a provisional ballot, inappropriately attire were asked to change, reverse their shirt or take the mask off or get another one. Out of county residents were told to vote in their home county. "I thought you could vote anywhere in Texas!"

Jim Forsythe

The cost to clear a few cases is huge, and it uses money that could be used elsewhere.

The attorney general’s office has continued to paint a picture for the Legislature that the election fraud unit’s caseload is ballooning — even when its own data does not bear that out.

The election fraud unit spent nearly twice as much time working on voter fraud cases in 2020 as it did two years ago — logging more than 22,000 staff hours — yet resolved just 16 cases, half as many as two years ago.

Carlos Ponce

I heard there was a book: "How to Cheat at Elections for Dummies" I hear only Democrats are allowed to purchase them.

Carlos Ponce

It's the unresolved ones you need to look at Bailey. And then there are those the election fraud criminals covered up. But they brag online.[rolleyes]

Bailey Jones

All 16 cases involved Harris County residents who had the wrong address on their registration form. So, that's 16 "fraudulent" votes.

If I can find 16 felons in Harris County with illegal firearms can I get some gun control laws passed?

Heidi Gordon

Ken Paxton’s office making claims of ballooning voter fraud caseloads without data that backs up those claims by producing a measly 16 cases of incorrect addresses? Why am I not surprised.

Carlos Ponce

Heidi, those 16 were the ones that were easily resolved. Litigation takes time and Democrats are clever at election fraud. The Devil is in the details.

Thomas Carpenter

82,000,000+ perfectly legal votes and more votes to come thanks to Biden tackling the pandemic and the economic mess Bunker Boy left him. How sweet it is to have a competent president. There must be a full moon, the radical right is howling. Quick Queequeg, a harpoon!

Carlos Ponce

What's Thomas Carpenter going to do when he learns he's been duped?

Jim Forsythe

“no reasonable person would conclude that the statements” Powell made about election fraud “were truly statements of fact.”

Former Trump campaign lawyer, Sidney Powell did more than perhaps anyone to push the big lie that President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election was the result of fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems machines. Now, however, lawyers representing her have acknowledged that the “big lie” is, in fact, just that.

Powell faces a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion because of her false claims, and on Monday her lawyers offered her defense: that “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements” Powell made about election fraud “were truly statements of fact.”

“Indeed, Plaintiffs themselves characterize the statements at issue as ‘wild accusations’ and ‘outlandish claims.’ They are repeatedly labelled ‘inherently improbable’ and even ‘impossible,’” Powell’s lawyers add. “Such characterizations of the allegedly defamatory statements further support Defendants’ position that reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact but view them only as claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”

Bailey Jones

No reasonable person.

reason - n - the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.

ay, there’s the rub.

Carlos Ponce

Add Jim and Bailey to the list of duped.

Heidi Gordon

How are they duped, Carlos? Powell’s lawyers are admitting no reasonable person would have believe her outlandish claims. This is her legal team’s defense in Dominion’s defamation suit against her.

Jim and Bailey never believed Powell who admits she was lying. So how are they duped? Did you ever believe her story about Dominion voting machines because if you had, she’s admitting you were duped.

Carlos Ponce

Add Heidi to the list of those duped too!

Thomas Carpenter

Speaking of duped, how's the prophet thing going? Talk about a sucker! And when are you going to pay your bet Mr. Ponce?

Bailey Jones

Linus, sitting in the Trumpkin Patch, waiting for the Great Trumpkin to appear.

Charlie Brown : Well, don't take it too hard, Linus. I've done a lot of stupid things in my life, too.

Linus : [furious] STUPID? What do you mean "stupid"? Just wait till next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a Trumpkin patch that is *real* sincere and I'll sit in that Trumpkin patch until the Great Trumpkin appears. He'll rise out of that Trumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys. The Great Trumpkin will appear and I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that Trumpkin patch... and I'll see the Great Trumpkin. Just wait and see, Charlie Brown. I'll see that Great Trumpkin. I'll SEE the Great Trumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Trumpkin will appear, and I'll be waiting for him...

Good grief.

Carlos Ponce

Thomas Carpenter, REPENT!

Bailey Jones

Cult45ers gone wild:

https://abc13.com/ballot-fraud-investigation-steven-hotze-gop-activist-dr-liberty-center-for-god-and-country/10458987/

"While he was on the ground at gunpoint, the lawsuit says Aguirre directed unnamed accomplices to search Lopez's truck. Not a single ballot was found. Hours later, an affidavit from an HPD officer says Aguirre told him, "(he and his team) are investigating a voter fraud ballot harvesting conspiracy that (Lopez) is operating ... (Aguirre said) he knew (Lopez) had fraudulent ballots in his truck and at home."

"Searches of Lopez's home with Lopez's permission yielded none of the "750,000 fraudulent ballots" Aguirre told HPD they would find there.

"In the lawsuit filed in Harris County court Tuesday morning, Lopez says Aguirre was acting at the direction of and with the approval of Hotze, a longtime Harris County GOP activist. The suit alleges, "Mr. Lopez had been falsely and wrongfully identified and targeted by the Defendants (Dr. Steven Hotze & the Liberty Center for God and Country) as a key figure in Defendants' bizarre and unfounded claims of massive voter fraud and Defendants' well-funded efforts to expose baseless, non-existent claims of voter fraud."

"a key figure in Defendants' bizarre and unfounded claims of massive voter fraud and Defendants' well-funded efforts to expose baseless, non-existent claims of voter fraud" - I guess this Hotze fellow also believes the YouTube prophets. I suppose he'll tell the judge - "Just wait for it, Judge. Jesus told me there was election fraud."

Heidi Gordon

Now what’s this about prophets?

Carlos Ponce

Apparently Satan's minions do not listen to God's prophets.

Thomas Carpenter

Good grief, the biggest sinner telling me to repent. Ponce constantly lies on this forum, his "prophets" must giggle every time they read his posts, and his abysmal character prevents him from paying his debts. I'm certain you have a biblical quote for that transgression, hey Mr. Ponce? I may need to repent, but it's not for blasting fascists and liars in the GDN.

Carlos Ponce

How very Progressive of you to mock those who follow the lord Jesus Christ.

Bailey Jones

Mocking blasphemers and calling out false prophets is perfectly Christian. Stoning is also acceptable if you want to go old school, but it's frowned upon by modern secular authorities.

No one likes a fraud - but a religious fraud is the lowest of the low.

Carlos Ponce

"false prophets"? This is not the first word from the Lord they have revealed, Bailey. Each has a good track record spanning years. And it's hundreds of prophets throughout the United States and the world. Black, White, Asian, Christian and Jew, men and women.God has his timeline.You are impatient.

Bailey Jones

I'm not impatient at all, Carlos. I'm enjoying this - I savor each and every day. Every day that passes simply reinforces what a complete and utter fraud you are. So far you've been wrong 148 days in a row (usually several times a day) - you and all of your fake YouTube "prophets".

I look forward to celebrating the anniversary of your foolishness and blasphemy 217 days from now. Maybe I'll buy another celebratory brick.

Here's my prophecy - a year from now, two years from now, 100 years from now - Donald Trump still loses the 2020 election. And poor Carlos, sitting in his Trumpkin patch, sucking his thumb and clutching his tattered old TRUMP 2020 blanky, never gets over it.

Heidi Gordon

Wait you follow hundreds of prophets?? All living? Have you sought out a second opinion from a pastor or minister from a local church with a longer history? Maybe not on YouTube?

Heidi Gordon

Carlos, you do know there’s a difference between Jesus Christ and prophets. Thomas was talking about your following of prophets, not mocking you following Christ. Are these modern day prophets you follow?

Carlos Ponce

Read the Bible, Heidi Gordon.

Thomas Carpenter

Glad to see you hung your hood on the cross to drape yourself in the flag and thump your bible.

Ted Gillis

Again I question, why can't we just keep the rules as they were in 2020? Did the republicans actually loose any ground in Texas? This seems to be a lot of effort put forth by the legislature to correct a problem that doesn't exist.

Carlos Ponce

"why can't we just keep the rules as they were in 2020? Did the republicans actually loose any ground in Texas?"

Yes, in Blue counties. But along the border, Democrats lost ground.

Curtiss Brown

All the Republicans are for one thing in voting and all the Democrats are for another thing in voting. Tell me this isn't just about politics.

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