Texas legislator explains her fraudulent voting on lack of "bathroom breaks"

Picture 2-83Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle (R) says she is concerned about the same person voting twice at the polls, so she is trying to pass a law requiring that anyone who wants to vote must have a photo ID. Another Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would "criminalize anyone who delivers a ballot for someone unable to drive to the polls."

Here's a video showing Rep. Riddle and many of her fellow representatives voting twice on the same issue in the legislature.

Later in the video, Riddle explains why its OK for her to cast ballots in other people's names: "We have a lot of votes. We have a lot of amendments. And there's times where we don't break for lunch, and we don't break for dinner, we don't have bathroom breaks." Link

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  1. I like that it’s against the rules and they still do it. That says a lot about, not only Texas politics, but the American legislative process as a whole.

    Kind of embarrassing, don’t you think?

  2. When I covered the Texas Legislature back in the 1970s people voted for each other all the time. I can’t say I’m surprised to find it still goes on. Representatives who were up in the gallery schmoozing with voters used to yell down to their seatmates to “vote me aye on that one.” Back then, at least, people were reasonably scrupulous about voting their friends the way those friends intended to vote, even if they were on the opposite side of the issue.

    I do recall that this really shocked a bunch of teachers from my high school who were visiting at one point.

    Perhaps it should have shocked me as well, or should shock me now, but it doesn’t. I just chalk it up to the way the system actually works, as opposed to how it’s supposed to work. What actually shocks me is the fact that legislators (and members of Congress) vote on legislation that they haven’t read and don’t understand. I know that’s the way the system actually works, too, but it bugs the hell out of me.

    I can’t believe a TV station thought this was news, though maybe — to give them more credit than I generally give TV “news” — they were just upset at the hypocrisy of demanding picture IDs from voters while breaking the voting rules of the Legislature. I grant it makes it good television, but a practice that has probably gone on since the Texas Legislature installed electronic voting is not news.

  3. Well, you know, you can’t trust the unwashed masses… they’re not responsible and honest like these folks!

    “Another Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ‘criminalize anyone who delivers a ballot for someone unable to drive to the polls.'”

    Wait. Isn’t that what absentee ballots are for? Is that system broken? What’s going on here?

    But you know, some people ain’t got a photo ID. They still have the right to vote. Stop putting barriers in people’s way. Or is this another skirmish on the national ID front?

    I think this is news. I’d rather newspeople report on the legislative process in detail than on what some dimwitted celebrity is wearing.

  4. This comes from the same legislator who four years ago said: “Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? …It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell.”

  5. From wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Legislature

    “The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days.”

    Let’s all have a moment of silence for the poor overworked Texas Legislature, which every other year sometimes doesn’t have time for bathroom breaks.

  6. “anyone who wants to vote must have a photo ID”

    ¿How do you vote without a photo ID? In Argentina you have to have your ID to vote and you get an stamp on the ID to avoid double (or triple) voting.

  7. I guess I don’t really understand why this is a big deal. Is there any evidence that legislators are actually stealing other legislators’ votes? This isn’t really comparable to a large-scale, secret ballot election–this is a public vote where everybody knows what’s going on. If she tells her deskmate “I have to go tinkle, can you vote “yes” on HR 1225 when it comes up for me?”, why is that a big deal? She’s still voting, she’s just not physically hitting the big red button on her desk. What am I missing here?

  8. Anyone know if an investigation into those legislators was ever done?

    While looking for more details on it, found out that the THE REPORT AIRED ON MARCH 14, 2007. I have found no evidence that they were ever investigated.

  9. Your site asks if there is any ongoing investigation of this matter, and some individuals have posted comments claiming since it has been done before, it isn’t really news.

    That may be true, but repeated violations of a law, does not make an act lawful or legal.

    I had a guy show me, that under Texas Penal Code 37.10 and 37.11, it is a felony (upon conviction) to impersonate a public servant with the intent that “another” person take actions based upon an impersonation of a public servant, and in this case, the House Clerk entered those votes as public record, based SOLELY upon the false act of the individuals fraudulently pushing a button marked with another Representatives name. In addition, we as citizens take the votes entered in the House to be legitimate. We are not expecting to find out on television, that the laws we are forced to obey, at the point of a gun or taser gun, may, or may not be bogus.

    We take the vote as legitimate, only to find out that there are “people” impersonating public servants allowed to fraudulently vote our lives into a police state.

    This fellow also showed me where a “public record” is defined under Texas Penal Code Chapter 37 as “anything” kept by government for the purpose of operating government. And the “record vote” is kept by government in the Texas House of Representatives Journal. That is why it is called a “record” vote.

    The people in that video in my humble layman’s opinion (as I am not a lawyer) are impersonating Public Servants (other than themselves) via an electronic communication device used to record votes and causing false public records to be made, and filed for the use of government.

    You can clearly hear the House Speaker on that videotape say “…This is a record vote, the clerk will ring the bell” previous to the vote beginning.

    Therefore, these people obvioulsy KNEW it was a government record they are altering. One thing you don’t have to have a law degree to determine is people elected to public office may not know much, but they damn sure know how to spell their own name. And my bet, is the name of the Representative printed on the electronic vote record they pushed, is NOT theirs.

    The vote record was blank before they tampered with it, and it was altered to reflect a vote of an individual NOT the public servant lawfully voted to represent that particular district.

    State Election law requires a Candidate for office of an individual to RESIDE in that district at the time of filing their paperwork.

    No elected Representative has authority to “give away” or “assign” something he doesn’t have the authority to transfer.

    The POWER to vote on that electronic device was granted by the People, thus only the People can assign it. The Governor may, in cases of of resignation, death, or illness which incapacitates a lawfully elected Representative assign the temporary office, but even then, the POWER to assign that position to a replacement is granted to the Governor by the People. A State Representative cannot give, assign, or sell his position, nor his vote. (Well, not lawfully anyway)

    I haven’t spoken to one person who isn’t mad as hell about this. While I am sure the politicos think its fine, or that it is okay since it is “done all the time”, the citizens of Texas are mad as hell, and frankly, why in hell should our kids obey law, when our so called “lawmakers” defy it???????

    Our Constitution is being shred before our eyes. Just saying “Someone needs to do something” will not get it done.

    I suggest, if people actually care about it, that they take lawful action to make certain our laws are followed. Why shouldn’t a Grand Jury be given all this information?

    The law says the Grand Jury must investigate any indictable act of which they are informed by either the States Attorney, or “…any credible person”. So if you know any Grand Jurors in that county, you may want to call them.

    If I were on a Grand Jury, and knew what chapter 37.11 and 37.10 said, and saw that video, I would not leave the room until there were at least 9 of the 12 Grand Jurors voting to indict.

    If any non-politico were to commit two alleged felonies on a videotape played on Youtube viewed by over half a million people, I am willing to bet an indictment would be handed down in five minutes.

    Should be interesting.

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