State Leaders Taking Measures to Prevent Voter Fraud

Posted: Updated: Oct 26, 2016 11:24 AM

EDINBURG – Early voting is underway in the Rio Grande Valley and as Election Day nears, concerns about voter fraud continue to grow.

Government watchdogs said they’re keeping a close eye on anyone who tries to defraud the system. The Valley isn’t a stranger to voter fraud, particularly mail-in voter fraud.

Last month, the Attorney General’s Office said many voter fraud complaints into their office were from the Valley. The office said the workload can pile up.

Currently, there are only eight Texas Attorney General Investigators available to look into cases. The attorney for the United States said a district election officer will help shut down any attempts of voter fraud.

U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez will oversee the southern district of Texas’ handling of election fraud complaints and abuse of voting rights.

Perez will have direct contact with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

The FBI also said they will have officials ready on Election Day to respond to potential crimes.

Federal law protects against crimes like:

  • Intimidating or bribing voters
  • Buying and selling votes
  • Impersonating voters
  • Altering vote tallies
  • Stuffing ballots and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.

The federal agencies said their advice is to keep an eye out for any of those crimes and report it immediately.

File a complaint with the Secretary of State at 1-800-252-8683 or download the complaint form.

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