McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas district attorney says he will assign two investigators to look at whether political campaigns are funding operatives to illegally assist voters in violation of state law.
Texas law allows voters to bring someone into the polls with them if they are physically disabled or illiterate. Some critics claim the act of helping voters is rife with abuse by political bosses seeking to control votes.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra tells The Monitor of McAllen (http://bit.ly/QPiCMG) he will pursue criminal charges against candidates and their campaign workers if they are assisting voters who don't qualify for help under state law.
Elections workers are not allowed, in practice, to question whether the voter is actually disabled or can read and mark a ballot.
Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com