Edinburgh, Texas is on the border with Mexico down near where the 'tail' of Texas touches Mexico near the Gulf. As populations grow over time, today Edinburgh is more of a suburb of McAllen, much like say, Gonzales is connected to Baton Rouge.

It's a metro too small and unattractive to be a destination for travelers so you're excused if you've never heard of the area. Last time I was in my travel agents office, I didn't hear a soul ask for a tour of McAllen and surrounding suburbs.

McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County, out in the flat open southern areas of Texas where each county (what we call parishes here) can be larger than the state of New York, though those western areas are sparsely populated. Which is also why it's a prime area for smugglers and other ne'er do wells to sneak in and out of the country.

That's just one of the reasons why elections and who's in charge down there take on added significance, not just for Texas but for the safety and security of the entire country.

Yesterday, Thursday 8 Nov, nine people were arrested in a voter fraud scheme dating back to a local election in 2017. Five other people were previously arrested and charged with issues related to the same election bringing the total so far to 14, authorities expect other names are going to turn up as well in this case.

In Texas, it is a state jail felony to vote in a public election using fraudulent ballot application information and can land you in jail for up to 20 years and peel some $10,000 in fines out of your wallet for each occurrence.

Getty Images - Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General

In a statement from the Texas Attorney Generals Office, Atty General Ken Paxton said Illegal voting, particularly an organized illegal voting scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in corruption at the highest level. Each illegal vote silences the voice of a law-abiding registered voter. My office will continue to do everything in its power to uncover illegal voting schemes and bring to justice those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas.

Here we stand at a point in America when the country is seemingly virtually equally divided in opinion on the way things ought to go and since roughly 1783'ish we've depended on fair and honest balloting in periodic elections to determine our own fate.

Elections should always be contested with a minimum of 99.99% honesty and accuracy.

You noted I didn't say 100% honesty? We're all only human, who of us is 100% honest? I will admit right now using paper clips from the office for personal papers in the past. But, you'll have to waterboard me before I'll admit to which office, when and where.

I've also flat out lied on occasion when asked whether certain clothing made the only other person in the room, a female, look thinner or not so you can pin that on me too.

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