The PJ Tatler

Perhaps Election Fraud Does Exist

We’re four days into the work week here in Texas, and we’re on our third story of election fraud in the state.

SAN ANTONIO — A New Braunfels man who falsely attested in 2011 to have witnessed voters sign recall petitions that targeted a city council member there began serving a 180-day jail sentence on Wednesday.

David A. Martinez, 47, pleaded guilty to tampering with a government document under a plea deal finalized Tuesday rather than risk a stiffer sentence at trial, defense attorney Robert J. Barrera said, calling the petitions “a volatile issue” in Comal County.

Martinez was president of the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens — LULAC — when he participated in the fraud. A question I haven’t seen answered is who actually forged all those signatures? Was it Martinez or did he have accomplices?

In the previous two stories on election fraud this week, a Democrat alleges that he lost because his Democrat primary opponent cheated, and voters allege that someone voted on their behalf in Democrat primaries without their permission.

At issue in this case, a ban on drinking liquids from disposable cans while tubing down the river through New Braunfels. River tubing in New Braunfels is a very big deal, and drinking beer from cans whilst tubing is too. It’s sort of a tradition. The city council banned the cans, and Martinez perpetrated his fraud to recall a couple of council members who voted for it. The city council canned the recall as “frivolous.” “Fraudulent” didn’t come up until later.

The ban itself has been canned by a judge.

Mr. Martinez has had run-ins with the law in the past, including, according to the San Antonio Express-News, “DWI, theft and possessing brass knuckles.” Somehow that didn’t stop him from becoming the local LULAC president.