The last Hood County TEA Party meeting was one of resounding proportions. In my mind it has grown in importance over the last few weeks. Why? Because it strikes at the core of our Republic in a very profound way.
As a citizen of the State of Texas and of the United States we are guaranteed a Republican form of government. What that implies is that as citizens if we are unhappy with the direction of our local, state, or federal government we are able to go to the ballot box in the next election and exercise our will to change it through Voting. This concept was an experiment when it was first proposed. It meant that no longer was it necessary to arm yourself when the government went astray. You could work to ‘peaceably’ change the direction.
When Dr. Laura Pressley presented to our TEA Party last week it pulled back yet another illusion of security in our form of government. What she documented in very clear fashion is that through the culmination of technology, laziness, apathy, and perhaps corruption our Right to Vote is now clouded. The implementation of Electronic Voting in the State of Texas has been sloppy and fraught with problems. As with the implementation of anything computer related there seems to be always this specter of problems due to lack of security and sloppy implementation.
What Dr. Pressley highlighted are two major areas of concern for Hood County:
- First and foremost is that the electronic voting machines DO NOT COMPLY with State Law. None of the systems used in the State of Texas can produce a ‘Legal’ Ballot Image for recount.
- Secondly, the ease of computer voting has led us to think that short-cutting State Law requirement is ‘Ok’. The Secretary of State’s Office is waivering the need to produce daily printout tapes and signing that the election judges validate them.
The good news that came from the presentation was that the fix is actually quite simple. For all the usual shortcomings of our State Legislature they has actually done a VERY thorough job in spelling out how to handle our Voting using Electronic Technology in order to avoid these problems.
From my perspective the easiest way to correct this was to petition our County Commissioners Court to remedy the situation. Here is why:
- They act like Congress in the Check and Balance System. If something is going wrong in government they simply can quit funding it. So they purchased the equipment. They approve the budget to fund the Election Administrator. And they approve the pay for the Election Administrator. (It should be noted that the Hood County Commissioners Court approved a 13% pay increase for the Election Administrator in the 2016 Budget)
- They have numerous responsibilities related to Elections in the County (Please see attached reference sheet for statutes governing them and elections)
- The County Judge is the Chief Elections Officer for the County.
- Also per their own published documentation they show that the Election Administrator is under their responsibility (see attached Organizational Chart from their 2015 Audit Report)
So it should be very simple from a citizen perspective. Have them pass a resolution stating that ‘their’ employee needs to make sure to comply with the law. I even took all the hard work out of the resolution for them. I referenced all the relevant State Codes that applied and drafted the wording for them. All they had to do was place it on the Agenda, allow commentary, and then pass it. Who could be opposed to passing a simple resolution stating that you wished your employee to verify they were complying with the LAW? Well apparently our Commissioners Court!
The County Judge has agreed to a special session of the County Elections Commission which is at least a start. Attached below is my proposed resolution that the Court is now familiar with. I encourage you to read it and if you are concerned about the state of the Country and your Rights contact your Commissioner and ask them what they are doing about it?
Yours in Liberty,