DALLAS, TX- A priority for Democrats, especially the more progressive ones, has been to transform how Americans vote for elective office. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, they have been stepping up efforts to implement mail-in ballots across the country.
Buried in the recently passed $3 trillion “HEROES” bill was a provision to do just that. However, the Texas Supreme Court isn’t having it. Meanwhile, George Soros appears to be trying to fundamentally change elections in the entire country.
The New York Post reported that the Texas Supreme Court on Friday blocked a plan to use mail-in ballots in Texas for the November presidential election, at least temporarily.
Late Friday, the court issued a stay that overruled an appeals court decision which had “temporarily lifted mail-in voting restrictions,” the Post said. The appellate decision upheld a lower court’s order that would have allowed more people to qualify to vote by mail.
The lower court ruled to allow mail-in votes for residents who expressed concern about contracting the coronavirus at polling places, the Dallas Morning News said.
The fight against allowing mail-in voting was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who petitioned the Supreme Court for the stay. The order puts a halt to the distribution of mail-in ballots at least until Paxton’s appeal of the lower court ruling that allowed them in the first place is heard later this coming week. The Texas Tribune said that the Supreme Court did not weigh in on the merits of the case.
“I am pleased that today the Texas Supreme Court confirmed that my office may continue to prosecute voter fraud and issue guidance on mail-in ballots” while the appeal plays out, Paxton said in a statement.
The appeal is expected to be heard on Wednesday. Previously, two lower courts had upheld the mail-in ballot proposal.
Texas law currently allows residents over age 65 to vote by mail, as well as anyone else who has a disability, military service members and residents who will be out of town during an election.
Democratic leaders in the state were particularly upset by the development and the fact that state officials were, in their words, trying to “force voters potentially into harm’s way.”
“I’m shocked, frankly, that the state of Texas even today, in these circumstances where so many people are suffering, that they’re fighting tooth and nail to try to make grandmothers [who are] 64 years old go and vote in person,” said Chad Dunn, a Democratic party attorney.
“Couldn’t be more surprised.”
In trying to justify mail-in balloting, supporters are trying to make the argument that the risk of catching the coronavirus should be a disability under the law.
“This effort by Paxton and the rest of the Republican Party to make people choose between exercising their right to vote and exercising their right to live is just an affront to everything that this democracy stands for,” said state Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa.
“This is a dark day for our democracy,” Hinojosa said. “The Republican Texas Supreme Court is wrong to force the people of Texas to choose between their health and their right to vote. They would have Texans die, just so they can hold on to power.”
Paxton had previously said that local election officials must follow his reading of existing eligibility requirements. Paxton said that the fear of contracting the virus while voting in person does not meet the state’s legal definition of disability.
Under the Texas election code, a disability is defined as “a sickness of physical condition” that prevents a voter from appearing in person without the risk of “injuring the voter’s health.”
The judge in the lower court said that he agreed with state Democratic and civic organizations, which argued that the lack of immunity to the virus makes voters eligible under the existing disability definition.
Meanwhile, according to Breitbart News, a group that is affiliated with billionaire socialist George Soros is stating that vote by mail “must become the default option for the vast majority of Americans” during the pandemic.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) has also been pushing vote by mail.
Soros’ Open Society Foundations funds the CAP and is one of a number of Soros-funded groups that are saying that the virus shows that the U.S. election system should use mail-in voting.
Some Republicans fear that mail-in voting would help the Democratic party, hurting Republicans by leading to voter fraud, primarily because mail-in voting is difficult to authenticate.
In a recent column by Danielle Root, who serves on the Democracy and Government Reform team at CAP, she appeared to complain that “in-person voting still remains the most popular method of casting ballots in most states,” while noting that mail-in voting “is used broadly in a handful of places.”
She continued: “States officials must not delay in implementing vital policies such as vote by mail and extended early voting for upcoming elections—nor must Congress delay providing additional funding in the amount of $4 billion as recommended by noted experts for states to make all necessary upgrades to election procedures and infrastructure in time for upcoming elections.”
Root also noted that it was still important to provide in-person voting for a segment of the population to protect against what she described in a previous column as possible voter disenfranchisement.
Still, she argued that “although vote by mail must become the default option for the vast majority of Americans during this health crisis,” the vote by mail system is “not an ideal or accessible option for many others.”
When speaking of those who could be negatively impacted, she spoke to voters who relied on same-day registration, people living on tribal lands who do not have access to reliable mailing systems and African American voters who “traditionally rely on in-person voting.”
CAP recently put out a wish list for the next round of “stimulus” legislation, and the Democrats appear to have listened. CAP recommended $4 billion for funding directed toward mail-in ballot initiatives, and the Democrats obeyed, including $3.6 billion for mail-in voting in the so-called “HEROES” bill, the most recent $3 trillion behemoth.
Besides mail-in voting, they are also pushing for both online and same-day voter registration, and the implementation of at least 14 days of early voting.
Another Soros group, the Brennan Center for Justice, released a similar $4 billion funding plan for the purpose of “voting reform during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Once again, Democrats listened. They have cited the Brennan Center’s coronavirus plan as being behind many of their legislative proposals, while the mainstream media has been appearing to push the same proposals.
Aside from CAP and the Brennan Center, there is a group called Stand Up America, which launched a nationwide program to urge Congress to fund the voting changes. Breitbart notes that this particular group’s activities resulted in more than 19,000 calls to congressional offices in one day.
That group is funded by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, managed by a group called Arabella Advisors, which is a for-profit consultancy that is funded by far-left donors. Democracy Alliance, also funded by Soros, recommended that donors invest millions of dollars into the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
Then, there is the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU usually collaborates with the Brennan Center, and they have been actively pushing mail-in voting. Through his Open Societies Foundations, Soros has pumped over $50 million to the ACLU, while the Brennan Center has been the recipient of nearly $7.5 million between 2000 to 2010.
Other organizations pushing the transformation of America’s voter system are Open Society Foundations funded Common Cause and Public Citizen. Other involved groups, according to Breitbart are the interestingly named National Association of Non-Partisan Reformers, National Vote at Home Institute, and the Center for Secure and Modern Elections.
While the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, as part of the left-leaning New Venture Fund, doesn’t list its donors, the National Vote at Home Institute partners with the League of Women Voters, also funded by Soros, as well as Common Cause.
An op-ed in the Washington Post, written by election experts, noted that people who vote by mail are “significantly more likely to make mistakes” than voters who did so in person. While people who vote in person can also make mistakes, the experts noted that they could “more easily ask for help in correcting their ballots.”
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