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Over 1K Illegal Votes Were Cast in 2022 Texas Judicial Election

The egregious mishandling of a local Texan election is microcosm of a much larger issue with America's election integrity.

In a critical ruling that highlights the fragility of our electoral integrity, a Texas judge has ordered a rerun of the 2022 judicial election for Harris County’s 180th District Court, uncovering a startling 1,430 invalid votes—far surpassing the narrow margin of victory. This decision is more than a mere correction of a local election; it serves as a vital precedent for safeguarding the sanctity of our voting process, a cornerstone of our democratic system.

The case between Republican Tami Pierce and Democrat DaSean Jones laid bare significant electoral failures, with the discovery of these invalid votes rendering the original election results null and void. These were not minor clerical errors but substantial violations that could have altered the course of an election. The audacity of Jones’ attempt to dismiss these grave concerns as “frivolous” was rightly rebuked by Judge David Peeples, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

The depth and nature of these irregularities are cause for grave concern. Pierce’s validated claims revealed that a shocking number of votes were cast by non-residents of Harris County or by voters who provided incomplete residency information. Further compounding the issue, the Harris County Elections Administration Office erroneously extended voting hours, during which an additional 321 votes—skewed unfairly in favor of Jones—were cast. Even more troubling were the hundreds of votes that failed to meet basic residency and voter ID requirements, alongside dozens of improperly processed mail-in ballots.

The Degradation of America’s Election Integrity

These revelations from Harris County—a recurring flashpoint in national election integrity debates—exemplify the potential for local electoral processes to be compromised. It is particularly alarming that such discrepancies and administrative oversights continue to surface around the country, reflecting a potential trend of negligence or even deliberate manipulation, especially in areas controlled by Democratic officials.

As we approach the 2024 presidential election, these incidents underscore the urgent need for vigilance and reform in our electoral practices. This isn’t merely about partisan politics; it’s about protecting the fundamental rights of every American voter and ensuring that our electoral system remains a model of democratic governance.

The necessity for stringent checks and balances in our voting system cannot be overstated. Every unlawful vote that slips through the cracks erodes public trust in our elections, which are the bedrock of our republic. The ruling to redo the Harris County election and the subsequent accountability imposed on those responsible are steps in the right direction, but they also highlight the ongoing need for systemic reforms to prevent future breaches of electoral integrity.

We must remain vigilant. Safeguarding our elections is not just a matter of political advantage but of national survival. We owe it to future generations to ensure that every election is free, fair, and unimpeachably accurate. Anything less is a disservice to the foundational principles of our great nation.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.