Earlier this month, the Republican Party of Texas issued a press release revealing that Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) was mailing voter registration cards to deceased individuals. The Texas GOP continued their investigation and discovered something shocking. Not only was PPTV sending registration mailers to dead people, but the Beto O’Rourke campaign was also mailing pre-filled registration applications to individuals who had been dead an average of thirteen years.
According to the Texas GOP’s findings, the Texas Secretary of State maintains an updated list of who is eligible to vote and who has passed away and is thus no longer eligible. Under the Texas Election Code, it is currently a misdemeanor in Texas to register or vote “under false pretenses,” which include registering or voting on behalf of deceased individuals.
RPT Chairman Matt Rinaldi said, “These blatant attacks on our elections will not stand. We have trained an army of poll watchers and election workers that will blanket Texas for early voting and election day to ensure our elections are secure.”
Indeed, these voter fraud schemes raise serious concerns over election security. Under Texas Election Code section 276.013, registering dead voters is a misdemeanor offense. The penalty for this offense was lowered from a felony to a Class A misdemeanor last year as part of the Texas Legislature’s omnibus election integrity bill.
When Gov. Greg Abbott pressed lawmakers to address the problem, House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) defied the governor, saying he did not want to “relitigate” the issue.
Thus, protecting elections is a Texas GOP legislative priority for the 2023 session, including restoring felony penalties for those engaging in these fraudulent voter registration schemes.
“In January when the legislature reconvenes, we will raise the penalty for election fraud back to a felony and make sure violators like this are served justice,” said Rinaldi.
What is strange is the fact that these are serious accusations and not one mainstream media decide to report this!
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