Lois W. Kolkhorst, State Representative











October 29, 2012  

Dear Friends:

With election day near, many of you have called questioning some of the voter issues that we have seen play out in recent days and months. This is an update to let you know some of the things we have been working on, for literally years, to prevent voter fraud and sovereignty issues.

As you may have heard, Texas passed a “Voter ID” bill last session to require Texans to present some form of identification to vote. As someone who wrote one of the original “voter ID” bills back in 2005, I was glad to see this idea finally pass into law. Why? Because it is a simple way to cut down on voter fraud and prevent anyone here illegally from voting (not only for candidates, but for more government benefits). Of course, some people don’t like the idea of voter ID and see it as a threat. They, along with the Voting Rights Act have tied up the new law in court and with President Obama’s Department of Justice.

Now, we are learning that a United Nations-affiliated election monitor from Europe and central Asia will attempt to be at polling places around Texas and other states on November 6. We are told that among their mission will be the task of looking for voter suppression by conservative groups. In other words, the some of the same voices who fought our voter ID law are now encouraging an unelected, international body to inject itself into our state election law.

 Here’s what we know for sure: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner is to deploy “observers” from its human rights office around our nation on Election Day to monitor an array of activities. So, we have liberal groups now trying to paint the issue of voter ID as “voter suppression,” and thus worthy of UN attention.

If you are as outraged as I am about the UN watch-dog trying to oversee our Texas election laws, then you’ll also be glad to know about a lesser-known bill I wrote and passed last session, House Bill 1129. It took me three sessions to pass this bill and have it signed by the Governor. It was no small bill in its merit. The bill simply calls for Attorney General Abbott to conduct a detailed investigation into any international organization seeking to influence state agencies or overthrow our state laws.

Lately, we see some groups who cannot win at the ballot box instead teaming up with all sorts of “international bodies” to force changes that Texans may not want.

For example, a World Court ruling may find that our death penalty isn’t proper, or our public health policies are not in line with the World Health Organization, or our own environmental laws don’t align with some international climate monitor. There are hundreds of examples, but remember: the US Constitution only grants certain powers to the federal government. All other decisions are to be left to the states.

I’m glad Texas Attorney General Abbott agrees with me, and he’s even warning the OSCE in Europe that its poll watchers face criminal charges if they come too close to voting sites. Read the article from Forbes here.

Bottom line is that these international groups are entitled to their opinion about Texas laws, but their feelings are legally irrelevant. Texas can take care of its own issues, and we don’t need international organizations telling us how to run our state. That’s exactly why I wrote and passed HB 1129. The report required by HB 1129 is slated to be produced by the AG’s office on December 1, 2012. If you are like me, I can’t wait to see what the study reveals about the decay and damage international laws and bodies are attempting in order to unravel our sovereignty. 


Lois W. Kolkhorst








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