Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fighting Voter Fraud

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighs in with a guest column on voter fraud in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing the indictments in the McAllen municipal election as an example:
Local prosecutors are dealing with voter fraud, too. The week before Christmas, the Hidalgo County district attorney obtained indictments against nine people in connection with the McAllen city election in May.

At first glance, these might seem like isolated events in far-flung towns. Step back, though, and the picture looks just as sinister as it did 60 years ago. Texas has long been a haven for paid political operatives who target seniors and the disabled for mail-in ballot schemes. Many of the cases referred to my office by the Texas secretary of state fall into this category.
In the Rio Grande Valley, this refers to politiqueras. Abbott says his special investigations unit will work with local district attorneys and law enforcement agencies to investigate such voter fraud.

Good luck. He'll need it -- especially in Hidalgo County.


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