Bexar County Election Integrity

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Bexar County GOP Court Action on

Election Integrity

On March 22, 2021, the Executive Committee for the Republican Party of Bexar County with the encouragement of the Election Integrity Committee agreed to pursue a formal “Writ of Mandamus.” A writ of mandamus is an order requiring a public official to perform a duty clearly defined by law, in this case, the Texas Election Code, for the upcoming municipal election on May 1st, 2021.

Several candidates for the upcoming San Antonio Municipal Elections agreed to be relators in the writ, including Mayoral Candidate Denise Gutierrez-Homer, and City Council candidates Patrick Von Dohlen, Katherine Garza, Irina Rudolph, Andrew Vicencio, and Cesario Garcia with others still considering joining the effort. The Bexar County GOP Executive Committee takes the sanctity of our elections seriously, and proudly supports the number one legislation priority of election integrity identified by the Republican Party of Texas.

During the last primary, Bexar County violated the following sections of the Texas Election Code:

Tex. Election Code Sec. 31.035. RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. (a) A county elections administrator may not … hold an office of or position in a political party.

In spite of this law, the Bexar County Elections Administrator served as the Democratic Party Presiding Judge of the Bexar County central counting station.

Tex. Election Code Sec. 33.061. UNLAWFULLY OBSTRUCTING WATCHER. (a) A person commits an offense if the person serves in an official capacity at a location at which the presence of watchers is authorized and knowingly prevents a watcher from observing an activity the watcher is entitled to observe.

Bexar County election officials obstructed Republican and Democratic Party watchers from completing their observational duties at both central counting and voting centers. This is not the first election in which this occurred.

Bexar County also violated Texas Election Code § 129.052 by failing to properly following “Chain of Custody” rules for early voting sites during the July 14, 2020 Primary Runoff Election and November 3, 2020 General Election. Additionally, it failed to develope a recovery plan for breach of security procedures.

Lastly, the Bexar County Elections Administrator refused to post a guard outside the storage room where early voting in-person memory sticks were to remain secure during the July 14 and November 3, 2020 elections, violating Texas Election Code § 127.1232.

Bexar County needs to take its elections seriously, and follow Texas law.