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South Texas continues to be plagued by voter fraud
Friday, May 11, 2012, 11:23AM CST
By Steve Miller

While state lawmakers pushed a voter ID bill last session, at least six bills addressing mail-in voter fraud never made it out of committee. So it’s hardly a surprise that voting in Hidalgo County in South Texas is already plagued by fraud allegations.

One in five early voters in the Hidalgo city council election had someone assist them, according to a story in The Monitor, a newspaper that covers the Rio Grande Valley.

The newspaper analyzed records from a March 2010 primary and found 12.7 percent of Hidalgo County voters received assistance, primarily in the poorer areas. It found that one candidate assisted 246 people at one polling place.

In 2010, Texas Watchdog documented voter fraud cases throughout South Texas, where residents often accepted the practice as a way of life despite well-documented staff reports of illegal activity.  State Rep. Aaron Peña last session introduced a number of bills that never gained support from North Texas lawmakers, where the majority of counties see few incidents of mail-in voter fraud.

State legislators have shown little interest in addressing mail-in voter fraud.

Hidalgo County officials have referred a number of election-related cases to the state Attorney General’s office over the past few years, including alleged illegal voting, unlawful assistance, coercion against candidacy, and bribery.

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or

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Cathy Gardino
Sunday, 05/13/2012 - 01:11PM

It is time to take our counrty back...Demand strict voter fraud laws and photo ID's...or their fingerprint!

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