Texas School District Engages in Election Interference: The Liberty Justice Center Demands District Attorney Investigate Illegal Electioneering Scheme

February 28, 2024

On February 27, the Liberty Justice Center sent a demand letter on behalf of registered voters in Denton County, Texas, requesting an investigation into criminal election interference by school officials who illegally used public resources to pressure employees into voting for favored candidates.

In February, school administrators from the Denton County Independent School District used their school email addresses to pressure staff to vote in the Republican primary—regardless of their political affiliation—to ensure favored candidates would win the elections. The emails specifically targeted candidates who support the expansion of school choice initiatives in Texas, linking to a political advertisement featuring a color-coded guide on which “friendly” candidates to vote for and which “unfriendly” candidates to vote against. Employees were told that they would not receive raises if the “wrong candidates” won.

The Liberty Justice Center’s demand letter argues that the emails constitute illegal electioneering prohibited under the Texas Election Code. It also encloses affidavits from voters throughout Denton County alleging criminal conduct—enough to trigger a mandatory investigation by the Denton County District Attorney.

“Denton County school officials illegally used public resources to further a politically motivated electioneering scheme,” said Educational Freedom Attorney Dean McGee. “In an attempt to sway the election, they abused their positions to pressure employees into voting against candidates who support school choice. This is a blatant violation of state law, and we are proud to join registered voters throughout Denton County in demanding that the District Attorney promptly investigate this matter.”

A copy of the letter filed by the Liberty Justice Center is available here.


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