Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Remember all of that imaginary voter fraud? You know… the sort of thing that never happens and proves that Republicans are a bunch of racist, women hating bigots who don’t want anyone else voting? Well, if you stop by the Lone Star State you might have to reconsider that opinion. The Feds have gotten involved in a seriously wide-spread investigation of “pay to vote” there and it follows a playbook we’ve seen before. But since it involves a more cross-cultural environment, it’s been given a new name. Let us introduce you to the Politqueras. (From the Houston Chronicle.)[Editor: The Houston Chronicle is as liberal as the NYT]
Texas Republicans want to know what Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa knew about voter fraud in the Rio Grande Valley when he led the party there in one of the state’s Democratic strongholds.
In a statement Tuesday, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler said Hinojosa “needs to come clean with the people of Texas” about whether he “personally participated in the corrupt practice of using politqueras to commit voter fraud.”
“Voters deserve to know whether Chairman Hinojosa knowingly oversaw institutional voter fraud or if he simply turned a blind eye to fraudulent practices that were routinely committed by Democrat candidates in South Texas,” Mechler said.
The practice of using so called “politqueras” to win elections was detailed recently at NPR. Some of this will sound familiar to those who follow politics in America closely.
“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.
The self-anointed queen of politiqueras in Cameron County is 86-year-old Herminia Becerra. She says she’s been working in campaigns for nearly 60 years.
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[Editor: this is what we have seen here in Arizona that we call "ballot harvesting." This shows how widespread this is and is happening in every state. Kudos to Texas for attacking this fraud. Remember, in 2013, our Legislature had several voter fraud issues under consideration, including SB1003 to stop ballot harvesting. They declined to pass a single voter fraud bill!]