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A lot has happened since our last newsletter!
Congratulations to all of you grassroots activists – look what you did!
 
UPDATE ON SECURE ELECTIONS
From our national coalition to us:
The Senate just passed $425 million in election security funding and $15M for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission!
Big shout to the Brennan Center for Justice for their leadership from early on in this fight with determined leadership and advocacy from Stand Up America, SEIU, Common Cause, Voices for Progress, NETWORK Lobby for Social Justice, Sierra Club, Protect Democracy, End Citizens United, DailyKos, Center for Democracy and Technology, ACLU, NAACP LDF and so many others.
Shout out especially to Brett Edkins from Stand Up  America – who elevated and kept on this fight, AND managed to drive massive grassroots engagement while also doing the same on impeachment at the same time.
Also a big shout out to National Election Defense Coalition, Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks and other conservative allies without whom I am not sure we’d be in this position today. This victory is proof positive that bipartisan work is still possible even in these fraught times.
Assuming the President signs the bill, what next?
  • The effort to ensure these and matching state funds are well spent on election security now moves to states and localities. We hope you’ll join Secure Our Vote and many others in working at the state and local level to support action on election security. We’ll continue holding webinars and offering training, resources and connections to expertise for both activists and election officials.  Join us. Learn more. 
  • We are continuing to push to strengthen national voting system standards – which may be up for a vote by a committee under the U.S. Election Assistance Commission next month. There’s a bipartisan coalition working to ban internet connectivity of any kind in vote counting machines or in the systems that program the voting machines before each election. Stay tuned for work on that!
  • Following this very important step, Congress should:
    1) Conduct oversight and accountability on use of these funds by the states, and continue to invest in election security annually.
    2) Address the need for stronger voting system requirements and pass comprehensive election security reform (SAFE Act which came out of HR 1 or similar bipartisan legislation)

      3) Continue oversight of the EAC and DHS which are working to help the states secure the vote.

Read more about it: Article on the passing of the bill: https://thefulcrum.us/voting/election-security-funding-2641621607

From the Brennan Center – how the money will be distributed to states:

 
 
“Our country’s elections are under attack and we must take the appropriate steps to fight back,” said Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33). “This letter will help restore confidence in our elections and uphold the sacred right to vote by ensuring that investments to secure and fortify our elections are made.”
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Impeachment      #NotAboveTheLaw
Dear Democracy Leaders,
Tuesday night, Impeachment Eve, was incredibly impressive in Texas and all over the country! Look at the media coverage of just some of our great Texas events:
Actions organized by democracy leaders like you calling for Donald Trump to be impeached attracted crowds nationwide, including people new to protesting.
There was widespread media coverage featuring your actions and the giant letters spelling out “IMPEACH”.
At least 200,000 people took to the streets in more than 600 events in all 50 states and DC.

Now that Congress is adjourning and heading home, we want to keep up the drumbeat on the need for a fair trial in the U.S. Senate and for Trump’s removal.
The evidence of Trump’s bribery and obstruction of justice is undeniable.
There is work ahead to be done, but for now bask in your successes
and enjoy the holidays! You deserve it!!
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THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Questions?  Comments?   Liz Wally  liz@cleanelectionstx.org  214.821.2237

Past activities:

                                                                                           

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Cody, Dave, Diana, and Sandi winding up after Annual Mtg, June 2017

DFW 4 Democracy Jan 2017

Getting ready to go into a committee hearing – Austin,  Jan 2017

Dallas DEMOCRACY AWAKENING

APRIL 17, 2016

FullSizeRender-1Texans in D.C. for Democracy Awakening
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Meeting With Cornyn’s Staff
IMG_1689          Press Conference on Anniversary of
          Shelby County vs Holder
Arthur Fleming and Dave Jones, Press Event, June 26, 2016

Arthur Fleming and Dave Jones, Press Event, June 26, 2016

Speaking to the What's Happening in Texas crowd Aug 27, 2016

Speaking to the What’s Happening in Texas crowd Aug 27, 2016