How to Increase Voter Participation, Texas-Style

Recently there’s been a lot of chatter about increasing voter participation rates here in El Paso. The election of the Lower Valley City Representative drew about 1,000 voters.

Because we’re doing it wrong.

A campaign manager working in the south Texas town of Donna has been charged with buying votes in a school board election by paying voters with cash and cocaine, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The indictment said Francisco Garcia, 47, who managed campaigns for four candidates for the Donna School Board in the November 2012 election, bought votes and worked with other campaign workers to pay voters by giving them either $10 or a small bag of cocaine if they voted for his slate.

Maybe we could fund it with Quality of Life bond money.

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