Alan Vera chairs the Harris County GOP Ballot Security Committee. He’s part of a strange coalition of Harris County officeholders and party insiders that are fighting hard against the return of Texas to election conduct that is in compliance with the Texas Constitution and Texas Election Code.
Vera is adamantly against a paper backup system being implemented in the Texas voting process. On February 22, 2018, Vera testified before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Election Security chaired by State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola RER89). After laying out a disturbing case of voting problems in Texas, Vera saved his opposition to the paper backup system for the conclusion of his testimony.
In a remarkable statement of contradiction, Vera in one breath states that electronic voting machines cannot be hacked, then admits that the voting system is “vulnerable” moments later.
Vera’s statewide advocacy against the paper backup system supported by the Texas GOP Platform has drawn the ire of election integrity hawks. Several Texas liberty movement influencers admonished Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey to not place Vera on any committee dealing with election integrity after Dickey named Vera to the 2018 state convention’s Platform Committee. Namely JoAnn Fleming of Tyler, Ray Myers of Kaufman, and Dr. Laura Pressley of Austin expressed their sentiment against Vera to Chairman Dickey and Platform Committee Chair Mark Ramsey of Houston.
Dickey and Ramsey did not heed the warnings of the Fleming, Myers, Pressley and others. Instead a committee shell game was played. Resolutions dealing with election integrity were placed in the convention’s Government and Foreign Relations Sub-Committee instead of the State Affairs Sub-Committee. Vera has been appointed to the Government and Foreign Relations Sub-Committee.
The election integrity hawks, led by Dr. Pressley, believe that Vera’s essential role for the 2018 state convention is to reverse or remove the language in the Texas GOP Platform calling for a more robust and reliable voting system to be put into place.
This RERvideo shows Vera’s six minutes of testimony opposing a paper backup voting system.
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