Texas Republicans passed a resolution at their biennial convention this weekend calling on “all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity.”
Grassroots activists at the Republican Party of Texas 2022 Convention also said in the resolution that they “reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election.”
The full resolution, which the nearly 5,000 delegates attending the convention voted to add to the party’s platform, reads:
We believe that the 2020 election violated Article 1 and 2 of the US Constitution, that various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020. We believe that substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States. We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans, and overwhelm any possible fraud.
“Texas Republicans rightly have no faith in the 2020 election results and we don’t care how may times the elites tell us we have to,” RPT Chairman Matt Rinaldi said in a statement on Monday, adding that the party has made election integrity “a top priority.”
Convention delegates also voted Saturday on a list of proposed legislative priorities for 2023. Election integrity topped the list.
The party included in its proposals to protect Texas elections:
- Restore felony penalties and enact civil penalties for Election Code violations, which shall be enforceable by any Texas jurisdiction, including the Texas Attorney General.
- Require citizenship verification of each voter.
- Restrict the distribution of mail-in ballots to only disabled, military, and citizens that are out of state.
- Reduce the time allowed for early voting, and eliminate the three day gap between early voting and election day.
- Establish closed primaries in Texas.
- As technology evolves, we encourage the passage of legislation that ensures the security of our elections.
Election integrity was also the Texas GOP’s top legislative priority for the 2019 and 2021 legislative sessions.
Last year, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a number of significant election integrity measures, including a comprehensive reform bill, but GOP grassroots say more needs to be done to protect Texas elections.