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LWVTC's Letter to County Judge and Commissioner’s Court Members

LWVTC | Published on 3/1/2023
February, 2023

The Honorable Tim O’Hare
The Honorable Members of the Commissioners Court
Tarrant County Administration Building
100 E. Weatherford Street, Rm 502A
Fort Worth, Texas 76196

Dear County Judge O’Hare and Commissioners,

The League of Women Voters of Tarrant County (LWVTC) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. Our mission is to empower voters and defend democracy. We write to you today based on our organization’s concern for safe, secure, and accurate elections, accessible to all registered voters.

Our Tarrant County Elections Department is one of the most efficient and transparent election administration offices in the state. Our elections office has been subjected to multiple audits that found no significant discrepancies. In April 2022, the League of Women Voters of Texas honored Mr. Garcia for his outstanding service as Elections Administrator of Tarrant County.

The league supports open government and inclusion of the public in governance decisions. The closed-door news conference held on Wednesday, February 8th, by our newly elected Tarrant County Judge, District Attorney (DA) and the Tarrant County Sheriff to announce their plan to establish a voter fraud task force, is a poor example of democratic governance.

First, the state forensic audit failed to find any examples of widespread voter fraud. The DA’s office currently has personnel trained to investigate the rare instances of voter fraud allegations.

Second, establishing a new unit should include participation from all county commissioners and,

Third, government meetings must be open to the public and allow public comments, as per the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Texas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Texas Public Information Act, the league encourages the county leadership to review this important legislation as government transparency is a critical component for democratic governance.

The league supports County’s leadership in assuring that our elections are conducted legally, with accuracy and transparency.

Angela Rainey
President League of Women Voters of Tarrant County