PRESS RELEASE: Senator Huffines Calls for Real-Time Paper Election Records Urges the Office of Secretary of State to Rewrite Recently Proposed Rules

PRESS RELEASE: Senator Huffines Calls for Real-Time Paper Election Records Urges the Office of Secretary of State to Rewrite Recently Proposed Rules

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Don Huffines

State Senator • District 16

August 31, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Contact: Brent Connett (512-463-0116)

Senator Huffines Calls for Real-Time Paper Election Records Urges the Office of Secretary of State to Rewrite Recently Proposed Rules

(DALLAS, TX) – After a careful review of recently proposed changes to the administration of elections in Texas and after considering input from concerned constituents, Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) called on the Office of the Secretary of State to reconsider and rewrite proposed rules to provide for real-time paper records and backups.

The following statement is attributable to Senator Huffines:

“Proposed updates to the way elections are run in Texas would wrongly reduce paper records and backups when we ought to be tightening security by making sure we keep proper records. The state’s chief election officers must reconsider and redraft their proposed election rules to pursue more realtime paper records and backups, not fewer. The proposed election rules take Texas backward on election integrity by raising voters’ doubts and suspicions at a time when Texas should be increasing voters’ confidence. The comfort & convenience of election administrators should not take priority over voters’ confidence and election integrity.

“Transparency in the administration of elections is an absolute necessity so voters may have confidence that our elections are fair and free of undue influence. Texas must bolster voters’ confidence by offering them transparent election policies that include real-time paper backup records.

“Foreign governments have recently compromised the records and communications of national partisan organizations, and of states’ registration rolls, making election hacking a remote but serious possibility. We must close the door to the possibility of undue influence over our elections, and we must prevent foreign governments from exploiting our systems and driving an outcome that serves them better than it serves the American people. At minimum, real-time paper records will help inform us of any irregularities – whether benign or malicious – so appropriate remedies can be pursued.

“I am outraged that Texas is not the nation’s leader on election integrity, and I’m appalled that we are moving backward rather than forward.”

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Senator Don Huffines represents the North half of Dallas County in the Texas Senate. First elected in 2014, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and as a member of the Business & Commerce Committee, the Education Committee, and the Administration Committee. Senator Huffines is an advocate for free markets, less regulations, and believes in limited government, personal responsibility, and that individuals have the God-given right to pursue their own path.

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