One of the few things Democrats and Republicans of Galveston County agree on is that this year’s election is among the most consequential in recent memory.

It isn’t just the presidential contest between incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, but the contests up and down the ballot, they agree.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Jose' Boix

An interesting article in today's Chronicle regarding a very significant Galveston County Ballot issue/glitch. See below:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Galveston-County-precinct-receives-mail-in-15636710.php

Galveston County precinct receives mail-in ballots with missing countywide races

Nick Powell Oct. 10, 2020 Updated: Oct. 10, 2020 5:37 p.m.

Carlos Ponce

"When Janie Torres opened her fiancée’s mail-in ballot on Friday night...." Isn't that against the law?

18 U.S. Code § 1702. Obstruction of correspondence

Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes, embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

"It’s common for someone to ask a neighbor to collect and open his mail while he is away from home. In this case, you can open his mail as long as he has given you permission. It is only a crime if the person did not ask you to and you choose to open it anyway." But the Chronicle article doesn't say she had her fiancée’s permission. Of course to keep her out of the hoosegow he'll say he did.

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