Texas woman pleads guilty on 26 counts of voter fraud over alleged vote harvesting operation

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Texas Lawyer Normal Ken Paxton introduced the profitable prosecution of a girl who dedicated 26 counts of voter fraud.

Monica Mendez pleaded responsible to 26 felony counts of voter fraud in Victoria County, Texas, together with “three counts of unlawful voting, eight counts of election fraud, seven counts of aiding a voter to submit a poll by mail, and eight counts of illegal possession of a mail poll,” Paxton’s workplace mentioned in a press launch Friday.

In line with the indictment, Mendez was accountable for a vote-harvesting operation geared toward influencing the outcomes of an area utility board election. After getting into the responsible pleas, she was sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication probation.

The conviction comes lower than a 12 months after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a brand new election integrity legislation within the state, sparking controversy from critics who claimed the legislation was geared toward suppressing minority voting.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
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The invoice banned in a single day early voting hours and drive-thru voting, whereas codifying ballot watchers entry to polling places by mandating that the watchers ought to be capable to “see or hear” any exercise on the polling location.

“One factor that each one Texans can agree [on] and that’s that we should have belief and confidence in our elections. The invoice that I’m about to signal helps to attain that objective,” Abbott mentioned on the time. “The legislation does, nonetheless, make it more durable for fraudulent votes to be forged.”

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Paxton mentioned that the most recent prosecution underneath the legislation in Victoria County was investigated by his workplace’s Election Integrity staff, with the Victoria County District Lawyer’s Workplace additionally cooperating within the case.