Every attempt to ensure elections are fair in Texas gets attacked immediately with the claim that there is no voter fraud.
Then along comes NPR to report on the investigations in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. It seems that enough election losers complained about the process that the Texas and federal law enforcement officials had to investigate.
If a local candidate needs dependable votes, he or she goes to a politiquera.
In recent years, losing candidates in local elections began to challenge vote harvesting by politiqueras in the Rio Grande Valley, and they shared their investigations with authorities. After the 2012 election cycle, the Justice Department and the Texas attorney general's office filed charges.
"Yes, there is a concern in which the politiqueras are being paid to then go and essentially round up voters and have them vote a certain way," says James Sturgis, assistant U.S. attorney in McAllen.
In the town of Donna, five politiqueras pleaded guilty to election fraud. Voters were bribed with cigarettes, beer or dime bags of cocaine. In neighboring Cameron County, nine politiqueras were charged with manipulating mail-in ballots.
"Bribed with cigarettes, beer or dime bags of cocaine." That's so last-century. Just wait until they get internet registration/voting. It will be so much easier for the politiqueras.