Less than a month away from the November election, the Texas GOP says they are receiving “numerous” reports of Planned Parenthood mailers attempting to register deceased voters.
According to the Republican Party of Texas, “in one notable example from Harris County, the mailer was addressed to an individual who has been deceased for over 11 years.”
Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi said, “Voter fraud is real and it happens in Texas.” However, “efforts by far-left radical groups like Planned Parenthood that encourage illegal activity will fail,” he added.
In an effort to halt election fraud, the RPT has “invested over a million dollars in election integrity for the 2022 cycle to root out and stop voter fraud.”
“We have trained and placed thousands of poll watchers and election workers all over Texas to ensure Texans have the free and fair election they deserve,” said Rinaldi.
Last year, the Texas Legislature’s omnibus election integrity bill, which was supposed to address concerns with election security following the 2020 elections, actually weakened the penalty for illegal voting from a second-degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor. And 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; included in the priority is the restoration of felony penalties for those engaging in voter fraud—such as registering deceased citizens to vote.
The legislative priority also suggests Texas require citizenship verification for voting; close primaries; restrict mail-in ballots to only the disabled, military, and citizens out-of-state; reduce the time period for early voting; and eliminate the three-day gap between early voting and Election Day.
As election fraud schemes are discovered this year, citizens will once again require that lawmakers address election security in January.
Election Day is November 8.