Over at the Laredo Buzz, there’s an interesting story about the Municipal Court election. I provided a clip but it makes you go “hmmm…”
The biggest question that morning was the disparity in numbers reported for the second and third place finishers which at that moment were Caballero in second and Lopez Escoto in third with both candidates receiving over 10,000+ votes. Later that morning about two hours after the media had reported the final numbers on television news the results changed on paperwork given to the public by the Webb County Elections Office and the two candidates in second and third place originally now ended up with only 7,000+ votes a piece leaving the then third place candidate Madeline Escoto Lopez in second and in the run-offs and Caballero in third. Now the Caballero Camp has reported that campaign signs that were placed on busy intersections across Laredo during the campaign were removed without consent of either the owners of the property or by staffers of the campaign.
This has always been a mystery to me – how is it possible for numbers to change or more votes found or votes disappear? I also ran across an issue in the Brownsville Herald where an election bag of uncounted votes shows up from Robstown. It only had 7 votes but… why did no one notice it missing before? Did no one say, for example, bag 4 of 10 is not in the pile?
Which makes me wonder. In this community where elections always seem to have a question or two, why have I not heard of poll watchers? If they exist, I am not aware of them. I have always wanted to volunteer as a poll watcher for the Carter Center but if I cannot travel to other countries to ensure their elections are fair, maybe I could join a group of volunteers that are watching what happens during the voting and election process. Yes! magazine has a Guide to Establishing a Poll Watching Group. Comments? Suggestions?