Immediately following the municipal elections in Hearne, Texas, rumors started floating about voter fraud. There seemed to be too many absentee voters, too many disabled voters, and too many voters all together for such an election. It turned out, the mayor (who won by a landslide) and the election judge locked up the absentee ballots. The mayor then subpoenaed the ballots. The publicity from the story led a resident to come forward who had made photocopies of a portion of the applications prior to the election. The reporters went door to door to verify the names on some suspicious looking applications. Some homes were vacant. Handwriting experts verified that some signatures on the applications were most likely forged by one person.