By JACOB LOPEZ
Citizens Against Voter Abuse (CAVA) hopes to put an end to unlawful voting practices Valley-wide, and now those efforts have been centralized in San Benito as well.
Through the work of volunteers, trained poll watchers and whistleblowers, the group wants to ensure that voter fraud does not plague San Benito elections.
According to Ben Cortez, who is leading CAVA’s efforts in San Benito, being labeled a “troublemaker” by some comes with the territory, but he stands strongly by this statement: “I’m only trying to find the truth with documentation.”
Cortez said that many times, accusations are brought to his attention, prompting him to request information from public institutions that hold elections to determine whether they were conducted fairly.
He said that CAVA hopes to implement trained poll watchers at all ballot locations.
“We’re working on having classes to train poll watchers, and hopefully we’re going to outline precincts … we need poll watchers here; we need poll watchers there,” he said, adding that the organization is bipartisan and endorses no candidates.
“Poll watchers will make sure that the signatures match the ID,” said Cortez, further adding, “People come to us, and it’s not just me, several people are involved.”
Citizens Against Voter Abuse will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Vega Professional Building on Sam Houston Boulevard, beginning in December.
Cortez said that anyone who is interested in becoming a poll watcher, or to join CAVA’s San Benito chapter, can attend the meetings.