WHEREAS, from 2005 to 2017, the Texas Attorney General’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations; and

WHEREAS, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on November 8, 2018 that the Election Fraud Unit of his office arrested nine individuals accused of participating in an organized illegal voting scheme in Edinburg, Texas; and

WHEREAS in 2018, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – has already prosecuted 33 defendants for election fraud violations; and

WHEREAS, in February 2018, Attorney General Paxton announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law; and

WHEREAS, the Texas Attorney General currently lacks resources to assign staff to an election fraud task force; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the State Republican Executive Committee, in order to prevent election fraud and ensure election integrity, calls upon the Texas Legislature to increase funding for election law enforcement at the Office of the Texas Attorney General.