|Election Integrity Task Force|
The right to vote serves as the foundation of our representative democracy. The US and Texas Constitution are clear and unequivocal — only citizens can vote. However, lax election laws and procedures in Texas have rendered those Constitutional requirements meaningless.
Voter registration and voting should be accessible and honest. Measures to make voter registration and ballot access easily accessible to all eligible individuals are numerous. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the Motor Voter Law) and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) are two examples. Measures to ensure the integrity of elections are scant. Securing the integrity of our elections is synonymous with preserving the constitutional principle of “one man, one vote.”
The lack of election integrity procedures and laws has translated into proven vote fraud. In 2006, the Attorney General investigated 59 cases and noted that “…the highest concentration of voter fraud is in the vote-by-mail process. Although there have been three instances of alleged illegal voting, which may include circumstances preventable by a voter photo ID law.”
Furthermore, thousands of illegally registered non-citizens have been removed from the vote rolls in five major Texas counties. In Harris, Dallas, and Bexar Counties, officials have produced evidence that some of non-citizens illegally cast ballots before being removed from voter registration rolls.
In addition to conducting further research on vote fraud, the Election Integrity Task Force will focus on election integrity measures, such as voter identification and citizenship verification. The Election Integrity Task Force will also answer the frequent objections to voter identification and other registration and voting requirements.
Please see the TCCRI LIFT Perspective "Porous Border, Porous Elections: The
Imperative Verify Voters’ Citizenship" for more background.
|Task Force News|
- Berman, Others Backing Voter Identification Bill – Tyler Morning Telegraph – February 5, 2008
- Task Force Announcement – Tyler Morning Telegraph – November 29, 2007
- Task Force Announcement, Galveston County Daily News – December 1, 2007