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Allegations of voter fraud in Jim Wells, Brooks counties (Texas)
Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | July 6, 2012 at 2:08 p.m., updated July 6, 2012 at 6:22 p.m | Julie Silva

Posted on 07/07/2012 2:43:22 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative

ALICE — There are about 325 supercentenarians in the country and 79th District Attorney Armando Barrera finds it hard to believe 18 of them voted in the Brooks County primary in May.

In a petition to contest the election filed Friday, Barrera lists 18 voters who were all born on either Jan. 1, 1900, or Jan. 1, 1901, making each of them more than 110 years old.

“Can you believe it?” Barrera said. “Maybe they’ve found the fountain of youth.”

Armando and Homero Cruz are two men listed in the petition. According to Barrera, the two were both born on Jan. 1, 1900 and they both live at the same address in Falfurrias.

The 79th District governs both Jim Wells and Brooks counties. Barrera lost the May 29 election by 19 votes after a recount. The final tally put challenger Carlos Omar Garcia at 3,809 and Barrera at 3,790.

The petition alleges voter misconduct and fraud.

“There were so many violations of the election code in Jim Wells and Brooks County, it makes you wonder if they’ve even read it,” Barrera said.

Garcia could not be reached for comment Friday.

Pearlie Jo Valadez, Jim Wells County elections administrator, declined to comment, and Alan Hernandez, Brooks County elections administrator, could not be reached for comment.

In Jim Wells County, Barrera said there was confusion over mail-in ballots sent out by the elections administrator. First, he said 218 mail-in ballots were sent to voters who did not request them for the 2012 election, and 214 were returned. Barrera said Valadez told him those people had requested ballots in previous elections.

He also said mail-in ballots originally sent out excluded Jesusa Sanchez-Vera, county attorney, from the ballots. Though she was unopposed, her name still must be on the ballot. Corrected ballots were sent to mail-in voters, but they did not state “replacement” or “corrected” on them. Election code states that the mailed envelope should note that a corrected ballot is provided.

The issue is further complicated because several people turned in the original ballot without the county attorney’s name. Those names could not be read by the counting machines, Barrera said, so they were invalid. The ballots were duplicated onto valid ballots, which is legal. However, election code states that duplicated ballots should be labeled and list the serial number of the original ballot.

Barrera said at the recount, he was told the ballots that were not folded were the duplicated ballots. Some of those ballots had a vote for Sanchez-Vera on them, Barrera said. Had they been duplicated from the original ballot, it would have been impossible for the voter to mark her name because it was left off, he added.

“This has been an eye-opener because these people are supposed to understand the election code,” Barrera said.

It’s not the first time an election in Jim Wells County has been contested. In 2008, a district judge ordered new elections in two races after then-Alice Mayor Juan Rodriguez said mail-in ballots were improperly used by paid vote canvassers to boost votes for challenger Guadalupe Martinez.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alice; jimwells; lbj
Jim Wells is the county that gave LBJ his primary win in 1948 with ballot box 13. Amazingly, the voters in 1948 voted in alphabetical order.
1 posted on 07/07/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: SwinneySwitch; Diddle E. Squat; deport; Ben Ficklin; zeugma; MeekOneGOP; Fiddlstix; ...

Supposedly 18 of the 325 people in the United States over the age of 110, voted in the Brooks county Democrat primary on May 29. What’s their secret to longevity? I just read articles this week saying that Texas was dead last in health care delivery.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 2:48:20 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
Well, I'm sure things were better organized in 1948. They didn't call him "Landslide Lyndon" for nothing.

Seriously, there should be no mail in ballots. Vote in person only with government issue photo ID. Photograph every voter.

3 posted on 07/07/2012 2:49:38 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

The dead are allowed to walk twice a year provided they where/are registered DEMOCRATS.

Once for the primary and once for the general.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 2:50:54 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

The article didn’t say which party they voted for. I’ll lay odds on Dem, tho. Any takers?


5 posted on 07/07/2012 2:54:47 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Former Proud Canadian; cableguymn
Seriously, there should be no mail in ballots. Vote in person only with government issue photo ID. Photograph every voter.

I'm voting by absentee ballot for the Texas Republican primary runoffs, because I will be out of the United States on election day (July 31) and during in person early voting.

6 posted on 07/07/2012 2:57:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Pearls Before Swine
The article didn’t say which party they voted for. I’ll lay odds on Dem, tho. Any takers?

Brooks county is rather small. I don't think they even have an organized Republican party. A recently deceased friend of mine who voted for every Republican presidential candidate since Dewey in 1948, told me we ought to organize one. Each county gets guaranteed a minimum of 3 delegates to the state convention regardless of population. It would be 3 votes in our pocket.

7 posted on 07/07/2012 3:01:30 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: cableguymn
The dead are allowed to walk twice a year provided they where/are registered DEMOCRATS.

The lately departed loved ones from the cemetery are always registered Democrats.

8 posted on 07/07/2012 3:14:14 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Paleo Conservative

The birth dates of 01/01/01 or 01/01/00 leads me to belive this is a data entry problem, not voter fraud.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 3:28:46 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Yeah. Any talk of voter fraud is just plain silly.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 3:39:46 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1263 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: stormer

Shades of the Duke of Duval County - George Paar - in the 1948 Senatorial election when Landslide Lyndon defeated Coke Stevenson, thanks to stuffed ballot boxes. If you have the opportunity, read the expose in “A Texan Looks at Lyndon,” written by the late J. Evetts Haley, history professor at (then) West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas.


11 posted on 07/07/2012 3:42:07 PM PDT by T Baden (Tenth Amendment Texan)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Read the lawsuit filed here:

http://web.caller.com/2012/pdf/Petiton-Election-Contest-Final.pdf

The list of the voters over 100+ years of age that supposedly voted.

iv. Israel Cadena, date of birth January 1, 1900; 124 W. 9th, Falfurrias, TX;
v. Endelia Casanova, date of birth January 1, 1900; 511 W. Garza,
Falfurrias, TX;
vi. Armando Cruz, date of birth January 1, 1900; 511 W. Garza, Falfurrias,
TX;
vii. Homero Cruz, date of birth January 1, 1900; 511 W. Garza, Falfurrias,
TX;
viii. Albert Garza, date of birth January 1, 1900; 313 W. Benavides,
Falfurrias, TX;
ix. Eliza G. Garza, date of birth January 1, 1900; C.R. 223, Falfurrias, TX
(incomplete address);
x. Elia Garza Villareal, date of birth January 1, 1900; FM 755, Encino, TX
(incomplete address);
xi. Homero G. Villareal, date of birth January 1, 1900; FM 755, Encino, TX
(incomplete address);
xii. Viola Castillo, date of birth January 1, 1900; 803 S. Caldwell St.,
Falfurrias, TX;
Page 7 of 18

xiii. Guadalupe R. Bayarena, date of birth January 1, 1900; Old Business
Highway 281, Encino, TX (incomplete address);
xiv. Juan Manuel Chapa, date of birth January 1, 1900; 504 E. Lamar,
Falfurrias, TX;
xv. Thelma Barrera, date of birth January 1, 1900; 238 C.R. 224, Falfurrias,
TX;
xvi. Diana Martinez, date of birth January 1, 1900; FM 755 Encino, TX
(incomplete address);
xvii. Maria Imelda Cantu, date of birth January 1, 1900; 2024 S. Hwy 281,
Falfurrias, TX;
xviii. Isabel Rodriguez Salinas, date of birth January 1, 1900; Old Business
Hwy 281, Encino, TX (incomplete address);
xix. Thomas Schacherl, date of birth January 1, 1900; 332 Old Business Hwy
281, Encino, TX (incomplete address);
xx. Veronica P. Villareal, date of birth January 1, 1900; 403 C.R. 304,
Encino, TX;
xxi. Agueda Arrendondo Garza, date of birth January 1, 1901; 822 W.
Adams, Falfurrias, TX;
xxii. Maria Ramirez, date of birth January 1, 1901; 200 Mac Pena St.,
Falfurrias, TX;
xxiii. Amparo Saenz Benavides, date of birth January 1, 1900; 377 C.R. 304,
Encino, TX;
LEGAL

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12 posted on 07/07/2012 3:57:15 PM PDT by deport
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Lawsuit at the below link giving the details.

http://web.caller.com/2012/pdf/Petiton-Election-Contest-Final.pdf


13 posted on 07/07/2012 4:12:23 PM PDT by deport
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To: stormer
The birth dates of 01/01/01 or 01/01/00 leads me to belive this is a data entry problem, not voter fraud.

According to a Democrat I know, everyone who has re-registered after the 1996 election cycle and the implementation of motor voter, has had to supply a birth date. The date of 01/01/1901 is a place holder for birth dates that have not been updated. Actually that is problematic. About 1 in 6 registrations still are not associated with a birth date. As voters move their birthdates are added to the voter roll database.

14 posted on 07/07/2012 4:38:06 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: deport

Re post 13: Thanks for the info. This refers to a primary. Dem-on-Dem crime, so to speak. Of course, the same techniques would be used in the full election against a non-Dem candidate, too. As expected.


15 posted on 07/07/2012 4:50:02 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Paleo Conservative

FYI - List of Validated Supercentenarians (Worldwide)

http://www.grg.org/Adams/E.HTM


16 posted on 07/07/2012 5:27:39 PM PDT by black_diamond
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To: Paleo Conservative

I’m really proud of Jim Wells County. The capital of corruption led by the likes of LBJ and George Parr.

Back then, it was the white guys...now it’s the brown guys.

I was born and raised in this county and have 65 years experience in watching the graft, nepotism, cronyism, and downright criminal acts being foisted on the law abiding, tax paying and hard working citizens in this county. There is no out for the culture of Mexico is firmly established here and will only get worse as the white population dies out or moves away.

Crime, drugs and welfare and tax cheats are the major income producers in the county. Only “suckers” pay sales taxes or income taxes. It’s a huge underground economy...and everyone is perfectly satisfied with it.

Nothing to see here....move along.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 5:35:58 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: deport

Even Ripley’s Believe It Or Not would say this is a crock of s***.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 6:38:10 PM PDT by healy61
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To: deport

Even Ripley’s Believe It Or Not would say this is a crock of s***.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 6:38:20 PM PDT by healy61
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To: black_diamond

Looks more like SS fraud, since many of them live outside the US. It is insane to expect SS checks abroad are going only to the living.


20 posted on 07/08/2012 12:28:06 AM PDT by itsahoot (The Political Elites are the modern Royals, and the king shall have his due.)
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To: Paleo Conservative; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Gadzooks! If you go to http://www.riograndeguardian.com/election2012/county-jimwells.asp and look... there are not any Republicans at all on the ballot—
21 posted on 07/08/2012 1:19:17 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
Gadzooks! More ‘Tales of the democRats’ at http://www.copblock.org/2096/this-weeks-corrupt-cops-stories-6/

In Alice, Texas, the former Jim Wells County district attorney pleaded guilty Monday (7 March 2011) to charges he misused millions in seized drug money. For six years ending in 2008, former DA Joe Frank Garza led Jim Wells County law enforcement in an aggressive scheme to pull cars over and seize forfeited property and cash. Garza spent the cash on bonuses for himself and three secretaries, as well as trips to Las Vegas for “seminars.” Texas law requires that asset forfeiture expenditures be approved by the county commission, but Garza never bothered. He pleaded guilty to one count of misappropriating more than $2 million, and will likely be sentenced to six months in jail at sentencing in May. He will also have to pay $2.1 million in restitution.

22 posted on 07/08/2012 2:06:49 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My friend’s husband is bed-ridden with Parkinson’s, had 5 strokes, can’t feed himself, can’t walk, etc. He is 66yrs old. He still has his mind, senses, etc. So, he shouldn’t be allowed to vote? Btw, he is long time Conservative voter.

What about the nursing home folks who are bed ridden and would like to exercise their right to vote?

Perhaps a rep from each party should be at the nursing homes to allow people to vote with no conversation, just hand them a ballot and let them vote. Those ballots then would be sealed in a lockbox and delivered to election place.


23 posted on 07/08/2012 10:10:58 AM PDT by Engedi
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To: Engedi; Former Proud Canadian
What about the nursing home folks who are bed ridden and would like to exercise their right to vote?

Perhaps a rep from each party should be at the nursing homes to allow people to vote with no conversation, just hand them a ballot and let them vote. Those ballots then would be sealed in a lockbox and delivered to election place.

We use the eSlate electronic voting machines in my county. During the Texas early voting period, it is legal to vote at any of the early voting locations in the county. Some of the locations are permanent for the duration of early voting. Others get moved around from one day to the next. Some of the locations are retirement communities and nursing homes. They vote on the same kind of machines that are used on election day.

Absentee ballots in Texas are an entirely different thing. They are paper ballots that are mailed to people who can't be in the county on election day or during early voting. Unless you are disabled, over 65, or in jail (not prison), the ballot must be mailed to a location outside the county. The ballot must be returned by US mail or a common carrier, and it must be mailed or shipped from a location outside the county unless one is exempted by being in the previously listed groups.

24 posted on 07/10/2012 12:21:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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