Dan Branch Promises Jihad Against Voter Fraud if He Becomes Attorney General

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In a new book that's been making the rounds this week, federal appeals court judge Richard Posner expresses regret for writing a 2007 opinion upholding Indiana's tough voter ID statute, which he now describes as "a type of law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention."

Expect no such hand-wringing from Texas Republicans, for whom this remains a bread-and-butter issue, and expect no letup in the quixotic but high-profile crusade to stop fraud at the ballot box from the state's next attorney general. All three Republican candidates have repeatedly gone on record defending Texas' voter ID law as important and necessary and blasting the Obama administration for attempting to stop it.

But it's Dallas' Dan Branch, whose focus on business and higher ed during his time in the Texas House would seem to make him the most moderate of the three, who has upped the ante. Yesterday, he announced plans to create a Voter Fraud Task Force as soon as he takes office that will:

1. closely monitor the activities of groups that would seek to subvert ballot integrity

2. appoint a Special Counsel devoted to exposing and prosecuting any instance of voter fraud, and

3. aggressively defend the landmark Texas voter ID law from the Obama Administration's spurious attempt to invalidate it.

There's nothing inherently wrong with seeking to protect the integrity of elections. It's just that there is far more evidence that measures like voter ID laws have a discriminatory effect than there is showing that in-person voter fraud is a problem.


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Toga
Toga

A while back I read a great book called The Dukes of Duval.   For anyone to think that fraud does not exist only does so as to not disturb the fantasy they live in.  The most famous case of voter fraud was the LBJ v Coke Stevenson race for Senate seat.  All the other cases do seem small by comparison.  Like for example, how on earth did 3 voter locations in Henderson county in 1994 manage to squeeze out over 100% voter turn out?  Or why did one county have to resort to counting ballots the old fashion way after discovering the brand new electronic counter automatiacally added votes to one party?   

So forgive me for laughing at those who choose to keep their heads in the sand about this subject but after working on a couple of campaigns in 1994 that were effected by voter fraud, I have watched it happen.  


lcrlewis
lcrlewis

It's Texas, so we get another nut. 

JackJett
JackJett

I can understand.  They worked so hard with gerrymandering the State so it would be impossible for a Repuke to lose.  Which means if he does lose, it would mean a MEGA loss. 

Basically he is saying if he lost after rigging it would have to be voter fraud that out-frauded his hate filled venom.,

leftocenter
leftocenter

1.  What groups "subvert ballot integrity" and what does that even mean?

2.  They'll find little to no voter fraud, as study after study has shown, making..

3.  This one is just stupid...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The scribe fails to describe what qualifications, if any, there should be.  Must a citizen identify him or herself at all?  Should there be any constraints on multiple voting or the registration of dead people?  And should people be able to vote over the internet and at anytime during the year from one's couch?  Can felons vote from prison or after they get out?  Can I assign my vote to an advocacy group?

Those of you who dismiss vote integrity in the name of disenfranchisement need to say what you actually stand for, instead of just throwing invectives and slurs.

We already have a very low turnout ratio.  Keep pushing it and we might as well get it done with three-legged races and pie-eating contests.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

His next act will be to create a Witch/Warlock Task Force to root out the servants of Satan that have infiltrated our state.  

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

Second Medrano convicted in vote fraud scandal

by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on February 29, 2012

Yet another member of the politically prominent Medrano family has been convicted in connection with a 2010 illegal voting scandal in Dallas.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.



Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Oh man, I thought he was against voting for frauds, in which case he wouldn't win.

The guys may not be the brightest bunch, but they do seem to understand demographic change. Either stop them from voting, or lose.

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

DA: 2 Pa. township Dems charged with voter fraud

The Associated Press

October 14, 2013

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Two Democratic western Pennsylvania township officials were charged with voter fraud for allegedly soliciting absentee votes from elderly residents who weren't eligible to cast such ballots.

An investigative grand jury recommended the charges filed Friday by state police.

"I think every citizen should have faith that the electoral system be played on an even playing field with the rules being obeyed and, when violated, the violators be penalized," said Fayette County District Attorney Jack Heneks, who is a Democrat in a county where nearly 70 percent of registered voters also belong to the party.

William Geary, 62, and Thomas Keefer, 58, both Bullskin Township supervisors, will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing after they receive mailed court summonses advising them of the charges.

The grand jury was convened after Democratic nominee David Butler complained after losing to Keefer in the November 2011 general election by nine votes. Keefer, an incumbent, had lost the May 2011 Democratic primary to Butler, but got 741 votes compared with 732 for Butler after waging a write-in campaign that November.

The grand jury found that Keefer and Geary, another incumbent, visited 13 elderly voters' homes to help them complete the ballots despite knowing the voters were physically able to vote in-person on Election Day. Both men also failed to fill out declarations of physical disability with the ballots, which certify that the voters wouldn't be able to vote in-person, the grand jury found.

The grand jury found Keefer obtained six votes that way, while Geary obtained seven more votes for Keefer the same way.

ruddski
ruddski

LOL, Texas is so embarrassingly primitive that even the UN laughs at you. No voter ID haha - how do you say RUBES in French?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I wonder if  Voter fraud laws would have stopped SOUTH DALLAS from Going all in when it comes to accommodating The Dallas Citizens council and some of the  BOND elections in the past ?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

FLASH!

Prominent gay-hater promises top priority will be non-existent "voter fraud".

Gangy
Gangy

Dan Branch was one of W's top lawyers in the 2000 election fraud.  He wasn't fighting fraud then.  He was fighting to protect what Jeb & Co. had rigged. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

noting the irony of a supposed conservative, limited government politician setting up a new group of civil servants who are tasked with defeating a seemingly random rarely existing adversary that already has a group focused on its elimination....the success of Branch's proposed org is all but certain!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Jack E Jett, I don't know if he'll admit it publicly,  but I believe he's a teammate of yours.  Of course those are the most dangerous type, they'll legislate against their own, to throw others off his flowery trail. 

ryan762
ryan762

@holmantxWhy wouldn't felons be able to vote after they've fully discharged their punishment?

Pursuant to Section 11.002 of the Texas Election Code (the "Code"), once a felon has successfully completed his or her punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or has been pardoned, then that person is immediately eligible to register to vote.


ryan762
ryan762

@killwhiteprivilege Remember when Mitt Romney registered to vote using in son's basement as his residence even though he no longer had a home nor lived in the area?

Remember when he was tried and convicted for it?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Montemalone Republican attempts at voter suppression backfired in 2012.  You'd think these dense heads would ever learn.

losingmyreligion
losingmyreligion

@killwhiteprivilege You keep posting articles that would seem to prove the current system works well in catching the few examples of voter fraud that exist. Ergo, Dan Branch's red-meat-to-the-tea-party task force is essentially redundant

ryan762
ryan762

@killwhiteprivilege It's been many years, but the Dallas Observer did a nice long article about absentee voter fraud in Dallas. If you haven't read it, I recommend it.

Lorlee
Lorlee

@oakclifftownie The people who voted in those election were legal voters -- entitled to vote. Now if they were influenced how to vote, by whom and if money changed hands that is a different matter and not one that any of the so-called "Voter ID" laws would address.  Interestingly, the people doing the buying -- no one ever seems to go after them.


ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@mavdog  

Well just look at the billions spent on protecting us from statistically nonexistent terrorist threats.  I am sure that Montana is wisely spending all of those Homeland security grants to protect us from Canadian terrorists.

And then there is the 'up armored" vehicle that DCSO recently took possession of ...

JackJett
JackJett

@scottindallas  My incredibly accurate Gaydar only goes up to an 8 with him.  He, like many leaders is own a constant homophobic rant.  Sad, but true.  Whereas Rick Santorum goes up to 11 because in addition to his hate rants, he seems obsessed with gay sex, far more than I am. 

I really do think it would be great for our State, if our leaders weren't so totally hateful with their homophobic.  It might just help us with tourism and bringing business.  I am always telling friends in other States we are cooler that the Media makes us sound. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ryan762 @holmantx "Why wouldn't felons be able to vote after they've fully discharged their punishment?"

I see no reason why they should continue to suffer Felony disenfranchisement after paying their debt to society.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheCredibleHulk 

The more I think about this reply, the funnier it gets.

Gohmert was right, he was just wrong about which border and which nationality our TERRORBABIES would come from.

From now on, I will precede every utterance of his name with the modifier, Canadian TERRORBABY.

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