Tags: FBI | vote | buying | Texas

FBI Investigating Evidence of Vote-Buying in Texas

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 11:25 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The FBI has launched an investigation into local campaign practices in Texas, amid evidence that paid campaign workers routinely give residents cash, drugs, beer, and cigarettes in exchange for their votes.

While nearly all local campaigns in South Texas have long relied on paid "politiqueras" to help deliver votes using their personal networks, evidence has emerged that some during the 2012 primary and general elections were buying votes, according to The New York Times.

Three women working as politiqueras in the town of Donna were arrested by the FBI in December and accused of vote-buying, and a school board member who won re-election in 2012 committed suicide, though it is unclear whether he was a focus of the investigation.

According to information from the FBI in court documents, the politiqueras who were arrested say they were directed by candidates and their campaign managers to pay residents for their votes, though no candidate has been arrested.

"People are asking to get paid because they already know," said one unnamed source, according to the Times. "People look forward to it. You have to understand the poverty. So if they can make an extra buck, they're going to make an extra buck."

Politiqueras have also been accused of various forms of voter fraud over the years, including stealing absentee ballots of elderly and disabled voters and voting more than once using forged mail-in ballots.

Some say that while there are some politiqueras who are honest, the most recent developments may put an end to their role in elections.

"There are good ones that really are sincere and try to really help, but the majority of them are leeches," Donna Mayor David Simmons told the Times.

"Now, we don't have to hire them anymore. People are not going to trust them. I think it's going to do away with them. You're not going to see them in this next election."

Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

O'Reilly: Colbert Has 'No Bleeping Clue' How to Fight ISIS

Monday, 29 Sep 2014 22:40 PM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly shot back at Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who last week mocked O'Reilly's idea of a mer . . .

Vatican Sends Official to KC in Pedophile Shielding Case

Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:39 PM

The Vatican has sent a church official to Kansas City to examine the leadership of Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn, wh . . .

Attorney: Psychiatric Exam Could Mean Jailed Marine's Freedom

Monday, 29 Sep 2014 20:48 PM

Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine sergeant jailed in Mexico after he said he mistakenly crossed the border with three guns, w . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved