Campaign volunteers feud at La Joya early voting site
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:52:30 GMT —
Crossing a mark on the ground 100 feet away from voting sites is against the law for campaign volunteers.
But in La Joya, a group claims they are being harassed for being too close to the curb.
"The situation now is that police say we are in the right of way," campaign volunteer Jose Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Tuesday, La Joya police asked him and other supporters for 92nd State District Court Judge candidate Rey Ortiz to remove their canopy from a grassy area.
They cooperated but today they are taking a stand.
"We are not in violation of any laws," Hernandez said.
Hidalgo County Election Officials agree.
They told Action 4 News as long as volunteers do not cross the 100 foot marker; they are not violating any election laws.
Hernandez believes the police order was handed down by elected city officials who sit across the parking lot.
"For the second day, our volunteers have been harassed and have been bullied by the opponent party," he said.
The group includes La Joya city commissioners who all support rival candidate Luis Singleterry.
They take up most of the space in the parking lot and are the alleged bullies'.
They told Action 4 News the claims are false.
"We have a calm now in La Joya where everybody knows that they have a voice, there's no intimidation in our city," Frances De Leon, campaign volunteer, said.
De Leon said residents fought to get the cities early voting site back and wouldn't jeopardize that by petty fights with opposing camps.
"Why would we come out here after we did such a big stand and embarrass our city and our city council," she said. "That's not what we are about."
Early voting continues through February 28th.
Election Day for the primaries is March 4th.