Chair Allen West: Audit Dallas Co. Elections Dept. 

Chair Allen West: Audit Dallas Co. Elections Dept. 

June 17, 2024

Dallas County Republican Party


LTC Allen West (RET)


Calls for 3rd Party Audit of Dallas County

Elections Processes

 BEFORE the November 5 2024 Election

Today, in his signature “straight talking” style, Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Allen West held a press conference to release An Open Letter to Dallas County Voters.

In the detailed statement, West makes a solid detailed case for a third-party audit of Dallas County Election Processes.  Dallas County has long been known for questionable election processes and procedures.

Most recently, March Republican Primary candidate HD 108 Barry Wernick’s recount uncovered high value election process evidence needed to push Republicans to secure elections for November.

Grassroots America applauds Chairman West for his bold leadership to restore confidence in Dallas County election results.

Dallas County Republican Party Chairman West: “It is imperative that we provide confidence in our Dallas County election systems. There have been many recent issues with voting system equipment, processes, operating procedures, and protocols with elections in Dallas County. In the aggregate, these have led to a serious erosion of electoral confidence in the County’s declared election results, and we propose lawful solutions to address these concerns.

“There has never been a serious third-party examination and analysis of Dallas’s voting system equipment, processes, procedures, and protocols. Now is the time.

Be sure to read Chairman West’s detailed case – PROPOSALS FOR TRUSTWORTHY TABULATIONS & RELIABLE AUDIT TRAIL here.

Note:  If you are aware of specific, detailed operational proposals and plans to secure YOUR county’s election processes and procedures as we head into the November 2024 Presidential Election, please send a copy to

Unaffordable | Do Something 

Unaffordable | Do Something 

2024 Local Gov’t Budget Recommendations | Right-size Gov’t 

Local gov’ts have started devising budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts in the fall. Can you afford their plans?

Grocery Store, Gas Pump, Insurance, Utilities…

Does Your Local Gov’t Tighten Its Belt the Way You Must Do in Your Home and Business?
 Ask Them!

FACT:  We have more government than we can afford.

FACT:  When government grows, liberty shrinks.

Texans laboring under inflation desperately need local elected officials to “right-size” government.

To that end, Grassroots America has asked the Smith County Commissioners Court to take a new approach to their budget process. First, our Board of Directors discussed our request with Smith County Judge Neal Franklin in person. On May 20, we put it in writing to the entire Commissioners Court.

You can do the same! Why?

Citizens cannot afford local officials who blithely ignore bureaucratic bloat, spending gluttony, and who use the “we’ve always done it this way” excuse.

Citizens cannot afford elected officials whose personal preferences, personal conveniences, and sheer laziness overrides sensible practices, prudent spending, strategic planning, and the oath of office!

Grassroots America believes that it is a moral imperative that every tax dollar be stretched, every possible penny saved, and every service standard be raised.

As a self-term-limited county commissioner and a close observer of local governments of all kinds for the last 32 years, I can assure you that ample opportunity exists to reduce the operational cost of local governments – all of them!

Local government officials should examine fiscal management, efficiency, and utilization of resources in every area where tax dollars are spent.

Local government officials should determine the relationship between the amount of tax dollars spent and the outcomes achieved.

In an effort to encourage and educate our fellow Texans, we share with you the following reasonable, strong recommendations that can be adapted to any taxing entity.

Questions? Please send them to  Tom and I will make every effort to answer your questions.

For Liberty – as our Founders intended,

JoAnn Fleming 

May 2024


Honorable Members of the Smith County Commissioners Court:

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,1 the Consumer Price Index has increased 18.4% since January 2021, putting extreme stress on family budgets.   At the same time, the FY2024 tax burden for all local taxing entities in Smith County has now reached over $1,000,000,000 ($1 Billion).  The FY2025 budget process in which you are now engaging must be viewed in context of these realities.

Smith County Departments and elected officials have now submitted their FY2025 budget requests, providing you a first look at budget implications.  It is imperative that the Smith County Commissioners Court takes all possible common-sense measures to assure taxpayers that the proposed budgets from each department head and elected official reflect the financial realities of its citizens.  The resulting aggregate county budget and tax rate should first prioritize Smith County families and business-owners hit from every side by inflation.

Grassroots America therefore strongly recommends the incorporation of the following actions to define the county budget process. Our objective is to help you provide maximum transparency to taxpayers:

1. Base Line Budget. Typically, the budget process starts with prior year ending values as the baseline for subsequent year projections.  However, the County has benefited from a number of one-time revenue bonanzas that inflate historical results.  Among these non-recurring revenues are Covid-19 subsidies, ARPA funds, and other Federal and State Grants.  The base-line revenue – and the expense line items funded by those one-time revenues – should be factored out, leaving an accurate operational baseline.  These baselines should be published with all FY2025 projections compared to them.

2. Reserve Funds. Unencumbered reserve funds should be featured prominently and compared to generally accepted standards.  Cash reserves greater than those required by the Court’s adopted written policy reflect over-taxation by Smith County government and should be returned to the taxpayers by a reduction in the tax levy.

3. Taxpayer Funded Lobbying. Budgets should be scrutinized for any lobbying activity funded by taxpayers and zeroed out.  Membership dues in associations that employ or contract with lobbyists should be reduced proportionally.  Expenses for elected officials to represent the county at state or other approved functions should be reviewed and maintained only if consistent with the county’s mission.

4. No New Revenue Tax Rate. The NNR tax rate should be the maximum allowable tax rate, period.  Taxpayers should not be taxed on “paper increases” in their existing home values.  Moreover, according to the 2024 SCAD (Smith County Appraisal District) Preliminary Report, new construction will increase taxable valuation by more than $815 million, generating an increase of $2.8 million in property tax revenues over 2023.

5. Zero Based Budget. One of the most effective ways of managing the growth of government spending is through zero-based budgeting. This approach to public finance is based on the idea that no costs or activities should be automatically carried over from one budget to the next.  Instead, every departmental and office budget should be built from the ground up, requiring every single expense to be justified. When used, zero-based budgeting will build taxpayer confidence in Smith County’s financial integrity and help produce the highest quality services delivered at the very best price.

For FY2025, your strategic plan should begin this practice with a finite number of departments engaging in this disciplined budget review, starting with all departments under the direct administrative authority of the Smith County Commissioners Court. Zero-based budgets should match “money with mission,” aligning each department’s functions to its core mission and statutory requirements.  From there, costs and volumes are mapped to line up with those core functions. Results of this process should be benchmarked against peer groups.

6. Plan Operational Peak Performance and Cost Containment. Begin developing a 2025 long-range plan and timeline to improve operational performance while removing operational waste and process variations. To begin, deploy Lean Six Sigma Management training conducted by County Judge Neal Franklin (experienced in same); research the historical record of Texas Association of Counties (TAC) “Best Practices Awards” and National Association of Counties (NACo) “Cost Saving Solutions.”





Tom Fabry

Authorized Spokesman, Board Member, Local Government Watchdog Chairman


Wrong, Wrong | Ballot Secrecy 

Wrong, Wrong | Ballot Secrecy 

Bazooka vs. Laser? Stop Committing Unconstitutional Acts!

Hat tip and applause to Laura Pressley and Larry Korkmas for putting a spotlight on this.

The Problem:  A federal lawsuit filed in April 2024 by Dr. Laura Pressley, Robert Bagwell, Teresa Soll, Thomas Larry Korkmas, and Madelon Highsmith claims ballot secrecy was breached for over 60,000 Williamson County, Texas, voters in the November 2023 election.

According to court documents, the Plaintiffs obtained Williamson County election records through the Public Information Act.  In those records, repetitive algorithmic patterns were discovered that map over 60,000 voter names to the exact ballot they cast in Williamson County in the November 2023 election.

Redacted federal court documents reveal that included in the 60,000 voters are the exact ballots cast by prominent elected officials including:  Williamson County Sheriff, County Judge, County Attorney, District Attorney, County Commissioners, District Judges and more.

“Solutions” from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Secretary of State Destroy the Ability to Audit Elections; Fail to Solve Problem

On June 6, 2024, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a legal ruling in response to a request for records under the Public Information Act, reiterating that governmental entities have a legal duty to redact any personally identifying information on voters’ ballots when a Public Information Act request is made.  Read 6.6.24 AG Opinion here.

Unfortunately, Paxton’s opinion on countywide polling gives a green light for counties to redact the polling location from election records and is open to interpretation to allow county redaction of precinct information from ballots. This quote is from the 6.6.24 OAG Opinion, page 2:

“…regarding the locations at which some of the voters cast their ballots constitutes personally identifiable information that could tie a voter’s identity to their specific voting selections. Accordingly, the personally identifiable information of voters contained in the requested information must be redacted.”

Redacting the polling location and/or precinct information from election records released to the public will 1) destroy the ability to complete an audit of election results, and 2) enable county employees and their agents to continue to breach ballot secrecy for some voters who cast ballots at countywide locations.

Later, on June 6, 2024, Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson issued an “Emergency Guidance on Voter Privacy” Advisory through Christina Worrell Adkins, Director of Elections to Texas Counties.  The SOS advisory demonstrates just how much this wrong-headed approach will convolute and slow down the entire public information process as well as destroy the ability to audit election results.  See 6.6.24 SOS Advisory. 

Summation of the Matter

Once again, this is the state government taking a bazooka approach to something that could be resolved with a pinpoint laser!  All the State of Texas needs to do is remove the computerized ballot numbering system for in-person voters and get back to the ballot numbering specified in the law – in the Texas Election Code!

The consecutively numbered ballot laws in Texas – Tex. Elec. Code Sections 52.062, 51.006, 51.007, 51.009, 51.010, 62.007 and 62.009 – all work together to preserve ballot secrecy and enable the detection and prevention of ballot fraud. 

Instead of adhering to those laws, counties are using illegal voting system software and hardware to assign, print, and store random unique identifiers/ballot trackers on in-person ballots cast at the polls.  Why are counties doing this?  Because the Texas Secretary of State unconstitutionally issued waivers of the law to allow it!

From the Williamson County federal lawsuit press release: “The Texas Secretary of State has waived many ballot numbering laws in the state since 2019 as seen in Election Advisory 2019-23 Section 13and in lieu of those laws, created its own computerized ballot numbering system for in-person voters. 

“Secretary of State Jane Nelson, through her Elections Division Director Christina Adkins, has authorized election administrators across the state to uniquely number each ballot with what they call “ballot tracking through the voting system software” with over 200 counties using some form of ballot numbering through the voting system software. Court documents claim such authorization by the Secretary of State violates both state and federal law, as described in detail in Plaintiffs’ Original Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction.”

The unconstitutional waiving of law by the Texas Secretary of State is a prolonged, tiresome, and unnecessary problem.  The Texas Constitution, Article 1 | Bill of Rights, Sec. 28., clearly states, “SUSPENSION OF LAWS.  No power of suspending laws in this State shall be exercised except by the Legislature.”

As we see it, this week’s two proclamations from the AG and the SOS have actually made the case for the Pressley, Korkmas et al federal lawsuit.  They’ve actually admitted what the Plaintiffs claim, but in no way do they remove the method by which ballot secrecy is destroyed via the SOS-sanctioned ballot numbering, ballot tracking method!

What is Grassroots America doing about it?
Today, we sent a written inquiry with our assessment to members of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee (and Senator Bob Hall).  At the time of this writing, Chairman Hughes and three other state senators had acknowledged receipt.

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee is currently working on an “Interim Charge on Elections” from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. They have the ability to address ballot secrecy AND face down the usurpation of their legislative authority by the Secretary of State. This is a matter of urgency.

Bottom line Solution
Simply stop issuing waivers, Secretary of State, and follow the laws we already have on the books!  We repeat – the consecutively numbered ballot laws in Texas – Tex. Elec. Code Sections 52.062, 51.006, 51.007, 51.009, 51.010, 62.007 and 62.009 – comply with the Texas Constitution, which requires consecutively numbered ballots. These parts of the Texas Election Code all work together to preserve ballot secrecy and enable the detection and prevention of ballot fraud.

Whether we title it “Bazooka vs. Laser” or “Just Stop Doing Unconstitutional Stuff,” this caused great angst, extra work, and a super-pressurized Friday for the already exhausted Texas conservative grassroots.  Meanwhile, some elected officials just cannot understand why we’re so “out of sorts!”

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Be safe. Mind how you go. Hang in there with the Lord,

Fleming: The Giant is Awake

Fleming: The Giant is Awake

JoAnn Shares Her Answers to Various Media Questions About the Trump Verdict

 Your reaction to the Trump verdict? Although I am not surprised, make no mistake – this is a very dangerous, historically significant fork in the road for the United States. Blowing through all due process norms previously afforded to defendants, the judge instructed the jury they didn’t have to find an underlying crime or come to a unanimous decision.

Such brazen abuse of legal and judicial institutions by both the district attorney and a judge in an attempt to politically damage and delegitimize a political opponent can and will dramatically destabilize this nation. The American people need a swift, strong, detailed rejection of the sham trial from respected constitutional “rule of law” experts. The American people instinctively know this was unfair, but they need to be shown every single way the rule of law was bastardized and trampled.  Why? Because if this can happen to a former US President, it can happen to any of us.

What about the hush money, sexual relations, falsifying business records? I haven’t seen the evidence allegedly presented to the jury; therefore, I will not comment on Trump’s alleged actions, but prosecutors can and do win convictions in cases that shouldn’t have been brought in the first place. This case should never have made it to a jury. Bragg’s inflation of alleged actions that were classified as misdemeanors in order to morph them into a felony charge was an unprecedented contortion of the law to “get Trump.” They wanted a conviction and worked backwards to construct the convoluted scenario to get them to the desired outcome.

If Trump’s alleged “crimes” from 2016 and 2017 were so egregious, why weren’t they brought forward in 2018? 2019? 2020? 2021?  It’s 2024.  Political manipulators know timing is everything; but they have sorely misread the American people on this matter.

How do you think Trump being convicted of felony crimes will impact how Smith County residents and Texans overall vote in November?  Smith County citizens are very well informed and will overwhelmingly vote for Trump in November.  Grassroots America intends to work with its statewide coalition to turn out the strongest vote possible all across Texas. The “people connector” turnout tool used in the primary and runoff elections was demonstrably effective. We’re gearing up.

What are the political consequences of the verdict? The lasting consequences go far beyond the political. This “lawfare” verdict is just more evidence that we are living in post-Constitutional America. When personal animus becomes the standard of condemning people and the justice system is perverted to carry out political hatred via convictions based on everything but the rule of law, we are well into Banana Republic territory.  The American people have had a two-tiered justice system shoved in their faces for long enough.  They are looking for candidates and elected officials who understand what time it is in America and fight back – not just talk about it. Historical awareness dictates that this threat to our justice system must be destroyed at every level of government.

As to political consequences, Republicans in Congress need to get a clue. The American people are angry and fed up with political posturing with no results.  Year after year after year, we see the likes of Lindsay Graham and other Uni-party Republicans with veins popping out on their foreheads, pounding the table to assure us that they are going to “investigate” Democrats and their bureaucratic lap dogs for all manner of crimes against the American people. Have we ever seen any of these judiciary committee investigations produce one iota of justice for the American people?  No. Not one.

Thinking, aware Americans are sick of any Republican who is willing to be nothing more than controlled opposition.

How will this impact Trump’s electability?  Yesterday was the day Donald Trump’s election as the 47th President of the United States was confirmed. His small dollar donations are soaring.  People laboring under today’s growing economic distress who will sacrifice to donate to any political campaign will crawl over broken glass to get that candidate elected.  The giant is now fully awake.

2024 RPT Runoff Results

2024 RPT Runoff Results

Grassroots Army Delivers Hard-Fought Wins

Endorsing politicians may take the credit, but candidates could not win without the volunteers
who work hard to turn out the vote! Thank you!  

The conservative grassroots made the establishment spend millions of dollars on this primary cycle. Great candidates! Great ground game!

Our Strongly Endorsed Conservative Candidate Winners are:

J. Scott Herod, Smith County Commissioner, Pct 3, 90%

AJ Louderback, HD 30, open seat 55%

Katrina Pierson, HD 33, fired Justin Holland 56.3%

Helen Kerwin, HD 58, fired Dewayne Burns 57.5%

Keresa Richardson, HD 61, fired Frederick Frasier 67.6%

Andy Hopper, HD 64, fired Lynn Stucky 58.1%

David Lowe, HD 91, fired Stephanie Klick 56.6%

Kim Laseter, 401st Judicial District Court, Collin County 67%

Cary Mellema, Sheriff, Wise County 62%

Too close to call at the time of this writing:
Jamie Kohlmann, State Board of Ed. District 12
A strong classical education advocate, Jamie will stay
in the trenches if she does not win this time!

Other Hard-Fought Campaigners

Jace Yarbrough, Senate District 30 | Jace will stay in the trenches!

Chris Spencer, HD 1 (VanDeaver)

Ben Bius, HD 12, open seat

Cheryl Bean, HD 97, open seat | Cheryl will stay in the trenches!

David Covey, HD 21, Dade Phelan held his seat with 366 votes.
Phelan turned out Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff. The Covey
Campaign has identified at least 1,442 Democrats who voted early in Jefferson County.  This was 20% of the early vote.
Dave Covey will stay in the trenches!

Dr. Mary Bone, State Board of Ed. District 10
A strong classical education advocate,
Mary will stay in the trenches!

Joyce Yannuzzi, Comal County Commissioner, Prec. 1
Joyce is VERY smart and incredibly talented.
She’s not going away.