In the midst of enormous voter turnout, voters should be wary of voter guides

In the midst of enormous voter turnout, voters should be wary of voter guides

Image: Voters have lined up in long lines every hour of every day at the central Early Voting location in Montgomery County in Conroe since Early Voting began on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This photograph shows over one hundred people lined up to vote at the Conroe location of West Phillips early in the morning on Tuesday.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Conroe, October 16 – Southeast Texas has a terrible reputation for fake voter guides to mislead voters in elections. The prime example is the so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC.” That group is not Republican. It’s not a group of “voters.” And they’re certainly not a Texas-wide organization.

In fact, the “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” is a small group under the control of corrupt establishment Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, who created the organization specifically for the purpose of misleading voters. The Montgomery County Republican party, the official Republican organization in Montgomery County, voted to censure the “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” specifically for misleading voters in 2019.

It’s not surprising that Riley would engage in such a deceitful and underhanded strategy as to create a fake organization with a fake name to confuse Republican voters. Riley and Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal won election in 2014 by creating a completely fake “tea party” organization to confuse voters at the polls about which “tea party” organization was the real one handing out the real “tea party” voter guide. Riley would not have won the 2014 Republican Runoff Election or the 2018 Republican Runoff Election without the deceit and confusion he created.

If the Republican Voters of Texas PAC, actually cared about this election, rather than preserving their fiefdom of power, they would have volunteers working at the polls. None of the individuals in that group seem to have that commitment or level of support to provide a volunteer base to bring their message to voters.

With the massive voter turnout in the General Election so far, voter understanding of real facts, as opposed to mere propaganda, is particularly significant.

In this General Election, Montgomery County voters have received numerous voter guides by mail and by hand at polling places. Most of the guides are available online as well. Since Montgomery County is one of the most conservative communities in the United States, all of the guides claim they are “conservative.” Several of the guides claim they represent “Republicans.” The most ubiquitous voter guide in Montgomery County is that of the Texas Patriots PAC, which interviews candidates, follows some procedure for endorsements and recommendations, then disregards those procedures for the ultimate decisions, which one or two people at the top of the organization make, and mails the voter guide out as though it came from the entire organization (which hasn’t held an officer election in many years).

There have been three prominent voter guides which Montgomery County voters have received in this General Election. The following chart analyzes each organization with the following questions:

Does the group interview candidates before endorsing?

Does the group use the Republican Party of Texas Platform planks as criteria in candidate evaluation?

Does the group accept money in advance of endorsements to buy endorsements, i.e. “Pay to Play”?

Does the group accept money from candidates after endorsements?

Does the group have regular public meetings?

Does the group allow a committee or members to vote on the endorsements, or are the endorsements determined by a small group of the leadership?

All three groups use very subjective criteria for endorsements. All three groups have strong connections to particular politicians which such connections seem to dominate their decisions. Voters should be wary of all of the voter guides. While their information is sometimes useful, no voter should rely on their recommendations without subjecting each candidate to the voter’s personal analysis.

 

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