2018 resolutions

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Original Election Returns/Results Tapes (approved Feb. 12, 2018)

Whereas, the Texas Election Code Chapter 66 defines provisions for “Disposition of records and supplies after election.”

Whereas, the Texas Election Code § 66.021 mandates “the presiding judge shall assemble the precinct election records and place them in the appropriate envelopes and ballot boxes for distribution [and] the judge shall seal envelopes no. 1, no. 2, and no. 4 and lock ballot boxes no. 3 and no. 4 as soon as they are ready for distribution.” (emphasis added)

Whereas, Texas Election Code § 66.022 mandates the “Contents of Envelope No. 1 must contain: (1) the original of the election returns for the precinct.” (emphasis added)

Whereas, because of countywide polling locations (vote centers), the Travis County Republican Party election judges have been historically instructed by Travis County Elections to “Do not print the Tally,” - the original election returns (Tally Tapes/Results Tapes) - before the voting equipment leaves the polling locations.

Whereas, the original election returns and integrity of the election results are of a concern to the Travis County Republican Party.

Be it Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party (TCRP) urge that the chain of custody of original election returns be preserved by urging the County Clerk shall print all JBC original election returns for the countywide polling locations (Tally Tapes/Result Tapes) at the Central Counting Station before the JBCs are connected to a secondary computer or server, such as Servo (the main backup system of the Hart InterCivic voting system).

Be it Further Resolved, the Party requires this printing to take place no later than March 7th at central count prior to the JBC's chain of custody being in question,

Be it Further Resolved, if the printing incurs reasonable and necessary costs, then TCRP will be responsible for any non-reimbursable costs.

Be it Further Resolved, that County Republican Party communicate said resolution to all members of the County Commissioner’s Court, the Travis County District Attorney, County Election Commission members, the County Clerk, the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Secretary of State, Texas Governor, Texas Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House, and all other State Representatives and Senators, including posting this resolution on its website and in a press release.

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Election Integrity for 2018 Primary (approved Feb. 13, 2018)

Be it resolved, the Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee requests for the TCRP Chairman, Matt Mackowiak, to work with Travis County Elections Division to implement the election integrity measures recommended in the recently adopted resolution for the Travis County Republican Primary election, on March 6, 2018.

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Resolution in Support of Preserving Stable and Affordable Insurance Costs for Texas Teacher Retirement System Retirees (approved July 17, 2018)

Whereas the Republican Party honors the service to our state of its public-school teachers and retired teachers:

Whereas the 2019 Texas Legislature will be addressing the Teacher Retirement System and allocating resources in a fiscally-conservative budget:

Resolved: That the Travis County Republican Party urges the Texas Legislature to recognize that many retired teachers live on a fixed income and further urges the Texas Legislature to keep insurance costs stable and affordable for TRS retirees.

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Opposition to November City of Austin Bonds (Aug. 21, 2018)

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP opposes the $925 million of new City of Austin Bond debt, and any increase in taxes that would be required to repay those Bonds, which appear on the Nov. 2018 ballot.

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Opposing taxpayer subsidies to McKalla Place pre-court soccer stadium proposal (Aug. 21, 2018)

Whereas, Texas GOP Platform Principle #9 states: "A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies" and Finance plank #147":

“Bailouts and Subsidies: We encourage government to divest its ownership of all businesses that should be run in the private sector, and allow the free market to prevail; this includes all businesses run by school boards and Texas Educational Service Centers. We oppose all bailouts of domestic and foreign government entities, states, and all businesses, public and private.”

Be it resolved that the TCRP opposes Austin City taxpayer subsidies to the McKalla Place Precourt soccer stadium proposal.

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Support for 'Audit Austin' petition (Aug. 21, 2018)

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP urges the Austin City Council to support the Audit Austin petition submission last month which requires an outside efficiency audit for city government spending.

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Resolution to ensure improved integrity In Travis County counting processes (Aug. 21, 2018)

Be it Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party demands that Travis County Elections Division ensures that the new hybrid voting system ballots shall be uniquely pre-numbered, pursuant to the Texas Constitution Article 6, Sec. 4 and in compliance with the Texas Election Code, 52.062.

Be it further resolved, the Travis County Republican Party demands that results tapes be printed when polls close on Election Day and on the last day of Early Voting consistent with the Republican Party of Texas Platform #189, "We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing printing of results tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations
after the polls close for all counties[.]"

TCRP withholds statutorily required approval of the new voting system until we get confirmation Travis County Elections Division/Office intends to follow law with regard to unique ballot numbering and printing of Results tapes.

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Resolution Opposing City of Austin Bonds (Oct. 16, 2018)

Whereas, the Austin City government has a record of misleading taxpayers and mismanaging Bond funded projects, illustrated by overruns and delays at the new City Library and Waller Creek Tunnel project, and

Whereas, the Austin City government and its subsidized special interests are actively opposing Proposition K, the Efficiency Audit, which has been endorsed by TCRP Resolution,

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP opposes new Bond debt in Propositions A through G, totaling about $925 million

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Resolution for Audit Logs (Oct. 16, 2018) 

Be it Resolved that the Travis County Republican Party's Election Integrity Committee and the Executive Committee strongly support and urge Matt Mackowiak, Chairman, to work with Republican Party of Texas Lawyer, Trey Trainor, and Michael Winn, Travis County Elections Director, to ensure that Travis County Elections office produces original central counting station real-time, continuous feed, paper audit logs as required by the Texas Election and Administrative Codes, upon request by official central counting station watchers for the November 2018 elections.

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Oppose Austin Community College Tax in Pflugerville (Oct. 16, 2018) 

WHEREAS, ACC annexation would require Pflugerville residents to pay the Austin Community College property tax currently set at $0.1048 per $100 valuation,

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP opposes the Austin Community College annexation of Pflugerville ISD on the November 2018 ballot.

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Oppose RRISD Bond (Oct. 16, 2018) 

WHEREAS, The claim that the bond will not increase I&S tax rates above the current $0.2648 is misleading. By 2022, nearly 45% of the Interest & Sinking (debt service) tax rate will go toward making principal and interest payments on this bond.

WHEREAS, Projects are bundled together into a single, massive proposition that forces voters to make an all-or-nothing decision.

WHEREAS, Project cost estimates were not validated by the Citizen Bond Committee or the Board of Trustees and will generate a surplus of at least $100 million that the Board can spend at its discretion without additional voter approval.

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP opposes the Round Rock ISD bond proposal on the November 2018 ballot.

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Support for Proposition J (Oct. 16, 2018) 

WHEREAS, Proposition J calls for a waiting period and public vote before “the next CodeNEXT” or any other comprehensive revision to Austin’s land-development code becomes legally effective.

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP supports Austin Proposition J on the November 2018 ballot

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Support for Proposition K to 'Audit Austin' (Oct. 16, 2018)

BE IT RESOLVED that the TCRP supports Austin Proposition K on the November 2018 ballot as part of its continued call for an outside efficiency audit of Austin city government spending.

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