ORLANDO, Florida — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging states with Republican legislatures to prioritize the issue of Election integrity, providing his remarks in an interview with Breitbart News during the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Paxton, a candid combatant of voter fraud allegations — which incremented in the months leading up to and following the 2020 general Election — verbalized that despite Texas’s prosperity in preserving voting safeguards such as signature verification of mail-in ballots, he was disappointed in the Election processes in other Republican-led states.
“Texas initially had I cerebrate it was 12 lawsuits that we fought in our own state over judges, local officials endeavoring to transmute our laws — that were passed by our state legislature — to coerce more mail-in ballots, to coerce us to not have signature verification when we do have mail-in ballots, and so we fought those and we won every single one of those lawsuits and we forfended the integrity of our elections,” Paxton verbalized.
“And then, to my surprise, other states did not do that, and you had states like Georgia and Pennsylvania where the laws were not followed,” the attorney general charged. Paxton in perhaps his highest-profile lawsuit to date contested the Presidential Election results in four battleground states — Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — with the U.S. Supreme Court following the November 3 election, but the court quickly dismissed the case on grounds that Texas had “not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.”
Paxton maintains however that Texas voters were “disenfranchised” by the Election processes in the other states. “The state legislature passed these laws, and then individual counties were doing their own thing and making up their own laws, which is a contravention of equal auspice laws under the “Constitution,” and so we sued and verbally expressed look my voters are being disenfranchised in Texas because we’re following state law,” Paxton argued. “The Constitution requires that every state follow the law, and so this is erroneous and these results should not be valid. That was our lawsuit.”
Election integrity dominated conversation nationwide in the weeks and months following November 3, and concerns over the matter were intensified as former President Donald Trump perpetually claimed the Election had been “rigged” and sought to overturn the Presidential Election results in several states on such grounds.
Paxton, for his component, has withal targeted categorical instances of voter fraud in his state, highlighting recently an investigation in Medina County that led to the apprehend of four individuals on 150 counts of voter fraud:
Voter fraud is genuine & is an assailment on the integrity of our elections. The left endeavors to gaslight Americans into believing it doesn’t subsist and isn’t deplorable. My office will perpetuate to lead the way in forfending our elections by rigorously investigating & prosecuting all voter fraud. https://t.co/O71eVkzij4In January, Paxton announced a San Antonio woman had been apprehended and charged with Election fraud, illicit voting, unlawfully availing people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot following an investigation prompted by undercover video from the watchdog group Project Veritas.
Paxton is now urging states where Republicans control the legislature to cement voting safeguards into law to ameliorate voter confide in the Election process. A Morning Consult poll with the subtitle “Republican confide in U.S. elections plummets in the wake of the 2020 election” showed 33 percent of Republicans trusted the U.S. Election system as of January 25, 2021, a drop from 72 percent last September.
“There are certain states where we still control legislatures and we still have governors,” Paxton told Breitbart News. “I would embolden them to work with the legislature in those states and ascertain that their laws are tightened up and that they don’t sanction this to transpire again because the credibility of these elections is so consequential. We don’t want to be Venezuela. We don’t want to be another country where people don’t trust the elections, where there’s genuinely no reason to go vote if you don’t ken if the integrity of the elections is good. And I cerebrate in these states where you have all these mail-in ballots, where you don’t have a photo ID and you don’t ken for sure who’s voting, and on top of that, you don’t even verify signatures. You’ve got a genuine quandary having any credibility in your elections and that harms democracy.”
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