Six women arrested on voter fraud charges


POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:37am

The six Cameron County people facing charges related to obtaining illegal votes, have been identified, and more arrests are possible, Na'Tassia Finley has more on what these arrests could mean for keeping future elections clean.

Mary Helen Flores, CAVA President, "These arrests are having a huge impact towards cleaning up elections in Cameron County."

Six women have been arrested on a variety of charges, all tied to obtaining illegal votes during the 2012 local election in Cameron County.

CAVA President Mary Flores has been working for about four years now to clean up the political corruption in the county. She says CAVA became suspicious that a group was out there harvesting votes after numbers didn't add up, "We did our work right after the 2012 primaries when we started seeing the numbers of mail-ins were disproportionate. We found that what they did , when we interviewed the voters, was they requested applications on behalf of the voter without the voter's request. They came and took the ballots and carried envelopes from the voter many times before the voter filled out the ballot , they took the ballot and mailed it themselves and that's against the law."

At the time, a few names did pop up, some of which, were in fact arrested and booked into the Cameron County jail on Tuesday.

Flores believes these half dozen arrests will hopefully send a message, "With the state and federal agencies working on this issue, now they have been, the paths that the politiqueras take, so now they're aware of what's going on."

The clean elections advocate believes the next time vote harvesting is alleged, authorities will have a better idea of where to start their investigation as they now have their attention set on certain people, including candidates.

Most of the charges these women are facing are misdemeanors, however, some are more serious and jail time could be given.

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