Friday, March 1, 2013

Sen. Campbell Files Bill to Stop Vote Poaching/Fraud and Stop Dead People Voting in San Antonio, TX

Texas has a Vote Poaching problem. Ballots and votes are being stolen. Voter Fraud is real. State Senator Donna Campbell has filed a bill (SB 554) to stop the voter fraud and to stop dead people from voting in San Antonio, TX.
San Antonio, TX seems to be ground zero for this problem. Texas Conservative Republican Hispanic Weston Martinez uncovered just the tip of an iceberg last year. Martinez discovered that dozens of ballots were being sent to the same location. A location that where no one even lives. The location was a cemetery in San Antonio.
Here are a few links to more information about this voter fraud scandal in San Antonio:

The good news is that there is a solution!
Texas State Senator Donna Campbell has introduced SB 554 which would strengthen voter fraud laws.

Here is the entire text of Senator Campbell’s bill:

 83(R) SB 554 –
Introduced version - Bill Text 83R5227 ATP-D
By: Campbell S.B. No. 554
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT relating to the penalty for theft of an official ballot or official carrier envelope for an election.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 31.03(e), Penal Code, is amended to read
as follows:
(e) Except as provided by Subsection (f), an offense under
this section is:
(1) a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property
stolen is less than:
(A) $50; or
(B) $20 and the defendant obtained the property
by issuing or passing a check or similar sight order in a manner
described by Section 31.06;
(2) a Class B misdemeanor if:
(A) the value of the property stolen is:
(i) $50 or more but less than $500; or
(ii) $20 or more but less than $500 and the
defendant obtained the property by issuing or passing a check or
similar sight order in a manner described by Section 31.06;
(B) the value of the property stolen is less
than:
(i) $50 and the defendant has previously
been convicted of any grade of theft; or
(ii) $20, the defendant has previously been
convicted of any grade of theft, and the defendant obtained the
property by issuing or passing a check or similar sight order in a
manner described by Section 31.06; or
(C) the property stolen is a driver's license,
commercial driver's license, or personal identification
certificate issued by this state or another state;
(3) a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property
stolen is $500 or more but less than $1,500;
(4) a state jail felony if:
(A) the value of the property stolen is $1,500 or
more but less than $20,000, or the property is less than 10 head of
sheep, swine, or goats or any part thereof under the value of
$20,000;
(B) regardless of value, the property is stolen
from the person of another or from a human corpse or grave,
including property that is a military grave marker;
(C) the property stolen is a firearm, as defined
by Section 46.01;
(D) the value of the property stolen is less than
$1,500 and the defendant has been previously convicted two or more
times of any grade of theft; or
(E) [the property stolen is an official ballot or
official carrier envelope for an election; or
[(F)] the value of the property stolen is less
than $20,000 and the property stolen is:
(i) aluminum;
(ii) bronze;
(iii) copper; or
(iv) brass;
(5) a felony of the third degree if the value of the
property stolen is $20,000 or more but less than $100,000, or the
property is:
(A) cattle, horses, or exotic livestock or exotic
fowl as defined by Section 142.001, Agriculture Code, stolen during
a single transaction and having an aggregate value of less than
$100,000; [or]
(B) 10 or more head of sheep, swine, or goats
stolen during a single transaction and having an aggregate value of
less than $100,000; or
(C) an official ballot or official carrier
envelope for an election;
(6) a felony of the second degree if:
(A) the value of the property stolen is $100,000
or more but less than $200,000; or
(B) the value of the property stolen is less than
$200,000 and the property stolen is an automated teller machine or
the contents or components of an automated teller machine; or
(7) a felony of the first degree if the value of the
property stolen is $200,000 or more.
SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only
to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the
former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of
this section, an offense is committed before the effective date of
this Act if any element of the offense occurs before that date.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

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