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Texas Watchdog article cited in Texas voter ID case against Attorney General Eric Holder
Wednesday, Jun 06, 2012, 11:10AM CST
By Steve Miller

The state of Texas has introduced a Texas Watchdog article on voter fraud into its voter ID case against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The article, along with several others, is part of a response to a motion to compel filed by the defendant, which asks the court to compel production of documents by the state.

In a footnote on the Watchdog piece, the state writes:

Politiqueros, campaign workers who assist voters in filling out mail-in ballots and sometimes mail the ballot for the voter, play a controversial
role in south Texas elections.  See, e.g., Steve Miller, Politiquero Tradition Shapes Elections in South Texas, Texas Watchdog, Apr. 7, 2010 (Ex. 5).  Representative Aliseda has also acknowledged that he has not prosecuted in person voter impersonation cases. See Adryana Boyne, Interview with Rep. Jose Aliseda of the Hispanic Republican Conference, Texas GOP Vote, Apr. 29, 2011 (Ex. 6).

The lawsuit was filed after the Obama administration blocked implementation of the voter ID bill, which was passed in the statehouse last session.

In 2010 we delivered a series of articles on voter fraud in South Texas, which centered on mail-in ballots. Texas Watchdog documented, step-by-step, the process used to commit the fraud, in which paid vote harvesters coach voters to select certain candidates or collect ballots, then alter them.

We also wrote about how voter ID was more of a political issue from Washington, a Republican rallying cry rather than a practical solution to the very real problem of voter fraud in Texas.

During the state legislative session in Texas in 2009, “voter ID became code language,” Aaron Peña, a South Texas lawmaker told Texas Watchdog. “It was a Washington-driven plan. Not to demean the effort, but it did not come to fruition here in Texas."

Peña last session introduced a number of measures aimed at inhibiting vote harvesting, which went nowhere as the voter ID bill passed.

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