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      Keeping a Close Eye on Voter Fraud

      Esiquiel Silva joined the Citizens Against Voter Abuse because he said his father was almost victimized. He claims the elderly man was almost forced into a van headed to the polls to vote for a certain candidate.

      Silva said it all happened while his father was at an adult day care in Brownsville. Silva said the elderly have the right to vote, without being pressured.

      "When you're just there for one specific reason, that to me is abuse because they don TMt care about them throughout the year, Silva said. They only care for them for that day, and that is to take them to vote and then coach them how to vote."

      These are some of the issues CAVA is hoping to bring to light. Ruben Pea, one of the group TMs founders, said there needs to be more resources available to better train poll judges, workers and watchers, as well as voters to ensure elections are not tainted.

      "We're seeing an exponential growth in what we believe to be voter fraud in Cameron County, Pea said. We've seen a growth in mail-in ballots (from a) minor number in the primaries to over 500 in the run-off which is unusual."

      Cameron County Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz requested a state inspector to oversee the July 31st run-off election.

      He said these issues are raising concern, especially involving mail-in ballots, but if it happens outside the 100-foot voting location boundaries, there's nothing he can do to stop it.

      Ortiz is hoping state inspectors will realize the challenges throughout the entire South Texas region and help implement laws to decrease voter fraud.

      "In local elections, when there's a candidate on the ballot they want to make sure that people come out to vote, but it seems they don TMt care about the amendments that also affect the lives of everybody - affect the way we do things not only in this county but throughout the state " but people aren TMt as interested in having people come out and vote."