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Texas lawmakers talk voter fraud, but no focus yet on mail-in ballots
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010, 05:35PM CST
By Steve Miller
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Lawmakers in Austin held an interim hearing on voter fraud Monday, and delivered what some might think is the answer, once again: voter ID.

 

We notice there was no mention of mail-in ballot fraud on this agenda.

 

Texas Watchdog has chronicled the issue of mail-in fraud in South Texas including connections between individuals convicted of mail-in ballot fraud and public officials.

 

Elected officials have refused to address any issues regarding mail-in ballot fraud; the last time any meaningful legislation passed was 2003, when Democratic state Rep. Steve Wolens authored a bill setting out penalties for appropriating ballots, which is the most common form of voter fraud.

 

The state Attorney General’s office has spent thousands of dollars on chasing down and prosecuting mail-in ballot fraud cases, mostly in South Texas.

 

Some elections administrators, though, feel that Austin doesn't really care about voter fraud.

 

It appears that legislators feel the best way to approach any issue regarding the crime is via a voter ID measure, which simply requires a voter to present some form of identification at the polls.

Do you think they are on target, or is mail-in ballot fraud being ignored?

Steve Miller can be reached at stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org or at 832-303-9420.

Photo by flickr lakelandlocal, used via a Creative Commons license

Comments
the truth as it is
Wednesday, 06/16/2010 - 09:09PM

Voter mail-in fraud has been happening for many years in Val Verde county. These ladies doing it have only had a slap on the hand and told not to be caught doing it again or they may face jail time, seem they think they are above the law and continue doing the mail-in house to house canvassing. These ladies have ignored every warning and are still to this moment doing it. They may not be seen doing it but now they have their neices and cousins doing it because they are awaiting their third trial for this act of fraud. The act they are going to court is for county fraud, but to this date they are now doing it for the up comming city elections and there are sheriff reports complaining of this action. The one's sponsoring them are members of UCO (United Civic Organization) of which the county judge, mayoral candidate, district judge, justice of the peace, all in the same family are very invonlved in. You could say it's their club, they admit as members only people of their own liking and not someone who is going to give them any controversy. Also people who will grease their palms for work and other favors.

Ron Burke
Thursday, 06/17/2010 - 11:40AM

It is imperative that the Texas legislature and US Justice Dept. take whatever steps or action necessary to protect the integrity of the voting process.

Ron Burke
Thursday, 06/17/2010 - 11:43AM

Several months ago I contacted the US Justice Dept. requesting a federal investigation into allegations of vote/election fraud in Jim Wells County. This is a serious matter and has not received the level of attention it deserves by either local, state, or federal officials.

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