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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
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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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