"Home is where heart of dispute is"
The truth of what really happened in the race between U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez and challenger Henry Cuellar lies in some of the poorest neighborhoods in this politically charged border city [Laredo, Texas].
Hired guns from both camps have been combing the area for weeks, some searching for households where improper votes may have been cast and others seeking to prove that nothing strange is going on. ...
Rodriguez attorney Buck Wood acknowledges family ties are at the heart of many of his examples of alleged illegal voting, such as a son or daughter who moves from his or her parents' home but maintains voter registration there.
"The tradition of people maintaining an address other than where they live seems to be very prevalent here " in Laredo, he said. "It's very family-oriented and people maintain their connections."
While it may not be fraud, it's certainly not legal, he said.
"If you go to a poll and you claim you still live at an address, that's illegal," Wood said. "That vote's going to be thrown out."
Cuellar attorney Steve Bickerstaff disputes that.
"It's very, very common for the registration to remain at the residence of the parents," he said. "Any ruling that would say that's a violation of the law would have implications statewide for minority voting." -- Home is where heart of dispute is (San Antonio Express-News)