Computerized voting machines have been operating for over a decade and Texans don’t trust them–and now we know why. Dr. Laura Pressley’s historic election contest has uncovered electronic voting machinecorruption errors, security breaches, missing back up tapes and no ballot images exist for a legal recount in Texas.
Pressley’s landmark election integrity legal case is currently pending in the Third Court of Appeals and a ruling could come any day. Thank you to our supporters and contributors for investing their time and financial resources so that honest and fair elections that follow the letter of the law happen in Travis County.
November 2016 Election Integrity in Texas
- Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division Director, Keith Ingram, proposed last minute electronic voting machine rule changes that would have eliminated three paper backup records for the November elections. Details are reported here by Family Security Matters.
- Senator Don Huffines issued a press release outlining his opposition to the proposed rule changes. See below.
- Hundreds of grass roots activists from all over Texas contacted Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Straus, Representative Jodie Laubenberg (Chair of Election Committee), the Secretary of State’s office, and others. Texans emailed and called and registered their strong opposition to the elimination of paper backup records and requested a public hearing.
- The calls were successful! The proposed rule changes to eliminate paper backup records for electronic voting in November were officially postponed and a public hearing is to be held in December. More to come on the exact date and location for the public hearing.
- To register your opposition to the proposed rule changes, contact the state officers noted at the end of this article.
Poll Watchers are entitled by Texas law to monitor the printing of these records
- Zero Tapes printed directly before the polls open to ensure no advanced votes are stored on equipment,
- Paper Results Tapes and Tally Lists printed when the polls close for Early Voting andElection Day before the electronic voting equipment leaves the polling location,
- Paper Audit Logs printed at the main tabulation computer at the county election office, and
- Printed Ballot Images for Recounts
State Senator Huffines Speaks Out
The Honorable State Senator Don Huffines issued a powerful press statement that highlights his strong support for paper backup records for electronic voting in Texas. He opposes any changes that would eliminate those crucial records:
“[The Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division] Proposed updates, to the way elections are run in Texas, would wrongly reduce paper records and backups when we ought to be tightening security by making sure we keep proper records.”
“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.”
New Electronic Voting Machines for Texas
Are Being Evaluated Now