CALEXICO — Someone could be playing some dirty political pool here.
In the last week there have been rumors of people going door to door in the Alex Rivera Senior Center offering to help residents fill out absentee ballots and then advising seniors on candidates to vote for.
While helping the elderly walk across a street or carry groceries to the car is celebrated, anyone caught manipulating an absentee ballot could face jail time, according to county Registrar of Voters Dolores Provencio.
On Tuesday she sent out a fax to this newspaper detailing the laws regarding absentee ballots.
In bold letters on the fax, "There are penalties for interfering with the absentee voting process and for fraudulent absentee voting."