HCRP Pct Chair & Activist Training


 

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To ALL New Precinct Chairs, Republican Activists,
And Experienced Precinct Chairs
Who want to Light up Your Precinct
Between Now and Nov 8!

The HCRP Training & Development Committee
Offers Training at a Harris County Location Convenient to You, 5 times fromSept 24 – Oct 8.

For Details go to http://www.harriscountygop.com/hcrp_events
And select the Date of Your Choice on the HCRP Calendar.
Be sure to RSVP, as space is limited at some venues.

Saturday, Sept 24 (South) Taylor Lake Village City Hall, 500 Kirby Blvd. Seabrook TX 77586. Registration 9 am; Class 9:30-11:30 am.

Thursday, Sept 29 (East) Gilbert Pena Campaign Office, Pasadena 77503. Registration  6:30 pm; Class 7 – 8:45 pm.

Saturday, Oct 1 (North) Lone Star College North, Houston 77060. Registration 9 am; Class 9:30-11:30 am.

Wednesday, Oct 5 (NW) Weekley Community Center, Cypress 77433. Registration  6:30 pm; Class 7 – 8:45 pm.

Saturday, Oct 8 (Central) HCRP HQ, Houston 77008. Registration 2:00 pm; Class 2:30-5 pm.

You will learn How to Find Volunteers, and What To Do with Them; get ACTUAL TOOLS for ACTUAL RESULTS in your Precinct; and Trade Ideas with other activists about what has worked for them. Learn how to make the most of NationBuilder and Advantage. RSVP, and take home a free Training Manual that will be a Resource for Years!

 Forward this message to your like-minded friends. On the HCRP website, be sure to look for “Training & Development Committee” in the title of the class.

 

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Clarifying TX Voter ID Ruling, Part 2: Sue Evenwel, SREC SD1


More discussion about the TX Voter ID ruling and our November election. Thank you for taking the time to go through this and work so hard to clarify it for all Texans Sue!

“August 12, 2016

Dear friends and colleagues, Part 2

Who would have guessed that my email to clarify some misinformation over the Texas photo ID requirements for the November election, would take on a ‘life of its own’?  However, the debate over the ‘Reasonable Impediment Declaration’ has engaged so many people and brought greater understanding.  That is good for everyone.

My letter to you the other day did not go far enough to explain what happens with a voter who has no photo ID to present at the polling place.  I appreciate Eric’s summary of the “Reasonable Impediment Declaration”, but I feel the gravity of this procedure is being overlooked, it is not a simple waiver.  This is critical to understand and I am going to expand that.

Additionally, the provisional ballot process is still in place for November.  Some Facebook/Email comments have implied that this procedure will no longer be used.  That is not correct.  The provisional ballot process is for the voter who cannot present their photo ID at the polling place, but can bring it to the voter registrar within 6 days.  That voter can vote a provisional ballot, and it will be kept sealed, not counted, until a valid photo ID is produced to prove who they claim to be.  The the Late Ballot Board will process the ballot.  So if you left your driver’s license at home, you can still vote a provisional ballot, and show your ID to the registrar later.  Here is a link on the S.O.S. site for clarification.  VoteTexas.gov (http://www.votetexas.gov/faq/?wpmp_switcher=mobile).

The new procedure which has everyone concerned deals with the ‘Reasonable Impediment Declaration”.  This is not just a simple wavier that allows anyone with a utility bill to vote. The court-ordered impediment affidavit is a very serious document, and carries severe penalties.  It is not something to be taken lightly, or that gives a ‘pass’ to someone who cannot present a photo ID.  It will be used to let someone cast a regular ballot if (AND ONLY IF) there is an impediment to the voter getting a photo ID.  There is no reason to offer this type of voter a provisional ballot because he must declare that he doesn’t have a valid photo ID to present within the required 6 days.

With the impediment affidavit, you prove your identity by swearing under penalty of perjury (that’s a felony conviction and time in jail) that you don’t have a photo ID AND can’t reasonably obtain one.  There’s nothing left to prove.  So, if you lost your driver’s license, you bring a secondary form of ID, sign the affidavit under penalty of perjury saying you have no way of getting another driver’s license, or any other of the 6 photo ID options, and cast a regular ballot. Obviously that voter got a ride to the poll.

 The big question is, what happens if someone lies on the affidavit and casts a ballot, when they aren’t who they say they are.  That’s the concern voter ID is meant to fix. The interim Texas impediment affidavit says it can be rejected if there is conclusive evidence the person isn’t who they say they are.  So you can stop the process before the ballot is cast with conclusive evidence on identity. What about after the fact?  In theory, there could be three ways to cope with the ballot cast through a lie, and Texas law already has two of them:

  1. Strike the ballot.
  2. Throw them in jail.
  3. Contest the election.

Election Law junkies….I am going to give you all the links so you can look these up for yourself. LOL

On #1, Texas has no procedure I know of to challenge an individual, regular ballot after it is cast.  The Legislature could create one.  The North Carolina legislature did when it passed their voter ID law (which the Fourth Circuit just struck down).  The fact that Texas doesn’t have an after-the-fact procedure isn’t the end of the story, because I think #2 and #3 should still apply and have more force anyway.

On #2, you can commit perjury in Texas even if there is no judge or notary to swear you in, thanks to the “unsworn declaration statute”.

(http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.132.htm)

I’m not sure if the offense is perjury (a misdemeanor) or “tampering with a governmental record” (could be a felony).

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.37.htm.

If it’s a felony, you lose the right to vote during your punishment.

(http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/effects.shtml).  If I lied to cast a ballot, I would fear that a lot more than a challenge to cancel my vote.

On #3, you can still contest an election.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.232.htm  If I lost an election by fewer votes than impediment affidavits that were cast, I’d challenge it!  And if votes through false affidavits did not swing an election, that individual harm could still be solved by throwing them in jail.

So overall, yes, there is a difference between provisional and regular ballots, but not one that matters here if voters that lie on affidavits can still be jailed and elections can still be contested.

Warmest regards and have a nice weekend,

Sue Evenwel”

TX SREC Meeting Summary: August 6, 2016


This Saturday’s agenda was originally supposed to only contain training, and party updates, for SREC members and county chairs but a special short meeting was added to the call by Chairman Mechler to ratify his SREC Committee appointments that morning. We received this list of appointments on Tuesday, August 3rd via email.    

After reviewing the appointments, it was clear to me that they did not fairly represent the diversity of the SREC body, take advantage of the experienced members, along with utilizing the extreme talent within the body and dramatically reduced the size of important committees. For these reasons, I voted to postpone the ratification of these appointments until our September meeting, as it has been in the past. If you are interested, the debate over whether to postpone, or not, may be viewed here

 

The rest of the day was filled with reports on the TX Voter ID case ruling, social media messaging to win, minority outreach efforts, Mighty TX Strike Force, TX Victory 2016, and in a combined effort, the RPT, TFRW, Abbott U, and TRCCA are hosting GOTV trainings all over the state. There is so much energy leading up to the Nov 2016 Election, don’t miss it!!

 

Register here for Summer Leadership & GOTV Training in August.

 

If you would like more information regarding ANY of these efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please know that you are welcomed to join us at the SREC September 10th meeting in Austin!

For God and For Texas,

Tanya Robertson, SREC SD11 

 

Mark your calendars now with all of these important dates!

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Clarifying TX Voter ID Ruling: Sue Evenwel, SREC SD1


Update 8/11/16 –

From Alan Vera, Chairman of the HCRP Ballot Security Committee, stated “We lost the provisional ballot angle. They can vote regular ballot with a utility bill and a completed affidavit. It’s 2010 plus an affidavit.”

 After communicating with General Paxton’s office today, we learned that he is correct …. BUT add that violating the affidavit (not waiver) is a felony offense and those ballots are subtotaled separately, in case an election is challenged for ease of counting and verification. It was this option or NO voter ID. 
We have a lot of work to do with this issue in the upcoming TX Legislative session!

**#TeamSD11,

During our training Saturday in Austin, we received a report on the TX Voter ID ruling that was full of inaccuracies and felt like this well researched explanation would help with a lot of confusion and questions. A mountain of gratitude is owed to Sue Evenwel for putting this together for us!

As always, feel free to contact me if you should have any questions.

Tanya Robertson

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“August 10, 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

While many of you were in Cleveland nominating the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was announcing its decision in Veasey vs. Abbott, the Texas Voter ID case.  Earlier this year I was disappointed with another ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, in regard to the Voting Rights Act in my own case Evenwel vs. Abbott, which came to be known as ‘One person, one vote”.  So, when this Texas Voter ID decision was announced, I was more than a little interested in the outcome.  Several county chairmen in SD#1, and election workers in Titus County asked me to explain how this recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling will affect the November election.  After some comments and discussion at the training event in Austin this past weekend, I felt I needed to respond with the information I have been able research and discover.

Did you ever play “whisper down the lane” as a kid?  It is so amusing to hear the end result of just passing a simple sentence through a dozen people.  It doesn’t even resemble what was said at the start.  Regarding this case, there has been a lot of misinformation, unfair innuendos, and much confusion regarding the actions taken by our Attorney General (along with our Governor and Secretary of State) to protect the integrity of our election process.

The most troubling statement I heard was, “Basically, anyone will be able to present any form of ID, light bill or invoice, with or without a picture, sign an affidavit stating you are who you say you are, and be allowed to vote.  That is not true!

This November, in addition to a Texas driver’s license, 6 other acceptable forms of photo ID’s may be presented.

  • Texas Voters Identification Certificate, issued free of charge by the DPS.
  • Teas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • U.S. military identification card with person’s photo
  • U.S. citizenship certificate with person’s photo
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, these documents must all be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented at the polling place.

The name on these ID’s must match what appears on the list of registered voters, or be “substantially similar”, i.e. Bill instead of William.  If there is a slight variance, as in the latter example, the voter must sign an affidavit stating that they are the same person as on the registered voter list.

Now, people have been known to show up to vote with none of these acceptable forms of ID.  If that happens, they will be able to vote provisionally.  No one will be refused a ballot.  However, that voter must produce the proper ID to the voter registrar not later than the 6th day after the election for their vote to be counted.

This solution, which General Paxton reached along with Governor Abbott and Secretary Cascos in agreement, is certainly not as strong as SB 14 was written, but it is a fair compromise, because the full 5th Circuit invalidated our law.  That means, without this interim solution there would be NO PHOTO ID at all in November!

The link below is an article by Hans von Spakovsky, a man I got to know in Washington, D.C. during the time my case was being prepared.  He is a senior legal fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and a highly respected authority on election law.  It was just published today!  Great minds think alike.  LOL

http://dailysignal.com/2016/08/10/texas-gets-the-best-deal-it-could-with-the-justice-department-on-voter-id-for-the-november-election/

I also want to take this opportunity in thanking General Paxton for his leadership on this issue.  As Republicans we take ballot security and the integrity of elections seriously.  I am proud our Texas AG has remained steadfast in his fight to promote and protect the values we share as Republicans.  This case is no different.  He has provided us with the facts regarding the recent decision of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals relating to our state’s Voter ID bill and came up with a clear solution.

As a sidebar, General Paxton was an early supporter for strict voter id requirements.  In 2011, when he was in the Texas House, he co-sponsored Senate Bill 14, which requires a person to show a photo id when voting. Analysts have noted that the provisions outlined in Senate Bill 14 made this legislation the strictest voter id law in the nation. After the bill’s passage, Paxton tweeted that a “Photo ID is required to board a plane, drive a car, and cash a check…why not to vote?”

Unfortunately, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, recognized as the most conservative appellate court in the country, answered that rhetorical question with a disappointing ruling 9-6 that Senate Bill 14 violates the Voting Rights Act. Four Republican-appointed judges joined the five Democrat-appointed judges to strike down our voter ID law. Judge Catharina Haynes, who was nominated by President George W. Bush during his second term as President, wrote the opinion stating, “We conclude that the district court did not clearly err in determining that SB 14 has a discriminatory effect on minorities’ voting rights in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

This Court declared Texas’ voter ID law dead unless General Paxton along with Governor Abbott and Secretary of State Cascos reach an agreement with the plaintiff and Department of Justice (DOJ) containing terms that all parties find reasonable for the election this November. Additionally, the legislature must pass a bill next session addressing the Court’s concerns regarding the “discriminatory effect” of SB 14 in order to save our state’s voter id bill going forward.

No voter ID laws have been held permissible in federal court unless the law contains a procedure for affidavit. Therefore, General Paxton with Governor Abbott and Secretary Cascos searched for the most reasonable affidavit procedure.  The one procedure they agreed to is described above. The agreement reached with the plaintiff and Department of Justice states that an individual must provide a proper government-issued photo ID when voting unless the individual cannot obtain a proper form of identification. In this case, the individual must complete and sign an affidavit to which the penalty of perjury (a felony offense) applies stating that he/she cannot obtain an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of voting AND that individual must provide some other document of proof complete with a name and address.

Unfortunately, this is not the end of the issue.  Perhaps the most concerning part of this case is, the Appellate Court has remanded the case back to the District Court to determine if the Legislature exercised discriminatory purpose when passing SB 14. If discriminatory effect is found, then our state could be bailed-in again, which means our election laws and re-districting efforts would be subject to PRECLEARANCE by the Department of Justice, which would prove detrimental to our state under an Obama Administration or, heaven forbid, another Clinton Administration.   We cannot let that happen!  But that is the subject of another memo.

I sincerely hope this helps clarify the Voter ID requirement for November.

Warmest regards,

Sue Evenwel

Titus county Republican Party, chairman

SREC Committeewomen, SD#1

Plaintiff in Evenwel vs. Abbott”

You Are Appreciated!


Dear Senate District 11 delegates to the 2016 Texas Republican State Convention,

THANK YOU for honoring me with the opportunity to serve you for another 2 years on the SREC! Also, all of the support from our #TeamSD11 members who weren’t delegates, was VERY much appreciated …. I felt it while in Dallas.

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We have a huge task at hand and I look forward to working toward our goals together!

For God and For Texas,

Tanya

RPT SREC Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting – Streaming Live


If you are interested in the direction your Republican Party of Texas is heading, check out the live stream of the SREC Meeting today.
It’s archived for future viewing but it’s going to be very interesting and most likely, controversial. Be in the know.

 

Congratulations to Joy Weiner of Brazoria County Senate District 11 Volunteer of the Year!!


Joy Weiner, Texas Senate District 11’s Volunteer of Year

Video – SRECs Tanya Robertson and JT Edwards formally announce SD-11’s Volunteer of the Year during Senate District 11’s grassroots training.

        

Joy is currently serving as President of Angleton Republican Women, after serving as Vice President.

A longtime Republican activist and volunteer, Joy actively supports candidates by hosting block parties, working polls, attending fund raisers, block walking and making phone calls for Republican candidates.

She volunteers for many Brazoria County GOP events and fundraisers such as the Brazoria County Lincoln – Reagan dinner She also served as an adviser in the establishment of  the Brazoria County Young Republicans.

As a conservative Republican with a passion for serving, Joy was part of the Texas Strike Force coordinated by RNC National Committeeman (TX) Dr. Robin Armstrong  for the Romney presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Joy is her namesake. An articulate, energetic, motivated, and talented Republican activist who is dedicated to growing our Party, especially in non-traditional areas of our Party.”, says SREC SD-11’s Committeeman JT Edwards. “Joy has been a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. She leads the way for all of us to follow. All the intangibles of a Volunteer of the Year who sets the standard of Republican activism and volunteerism for others to meet and exceed.”

SREC SD-11 Committeewoman Tanya Robertson’s comments, “Joy truly possesses a tireless servant’s heart. Whether it’s working for conservative causes, supporting Republican candidates, or sharing the gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ, she is relentless when it comes to working to restore our Republic and save souls.” She adds, “It’s been both humbling, and a pleasure, to witness Joy touch lives, hearts, and make such a difference in our communities, especially with the challenges that she faces. She is not only a phenomenal role model for our next generation but for those of us who have the honor of being a part of her life.”

SD-11 Republican legislators also recognize Joy’s activism and volunteerism:

State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland, HD-29):
“I join with many others to congratulate Joy Weiner in being named the SD-11Volunteer of the Year. She has been very active in our community. Closely involved with the Republican Party and with local and statewide politics,she has also devoted many years to making a difference in the lives ofstudents at Alvin Community College and as a result has strengthened our local workforce. She does all this, in addition to fighting cancer, with grace and a smile that lights up a room. Freddie and I are fortunate to be good friends with Joy, someone who truly walks the talk. Congratulations, Joy!”

Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood, SD-11):
“Congratulations to my friend, our SD-11 Volunteer of the Year, Joy Weiner. While waging her own personal fight against cancer, she carries on our political fight for liberty and freedom. My fellow Republicans across Senate District 11 are grateful for her service and praying for her full recovery.”

The Republican Party of Texas sponsors a banquet every other year to honor its top Republican volunteers in all 31 Texas Senate Districts. This year’s celebration for our Volunteers include:

* Breakfast hosted by State Representative Todd Hunter

* Special Capitol Tour

* Lunch at the Capitol Grill hosted by our Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush

* Reception and Governor’s Mansion Tour hosted by Governor Abbott

* Banquet with Guest Speaker,  Ret. Colonel Allen West, former U.S. Congressman, at The Austin Club

PLUS Volunteers of the Year are announced with their photos, at the 2016 Republican Party State Convention!

Who knows…. next time it could be you!

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