Attorney General Ken Paxton just announced that more than 500 election fraud cases are pending in Texas.
“Voter fraud is real,” he said, and “Texans deserve to know their vote is legally and secretly counted.”
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“We will prosecute voter fraud every time we find it.”
According to the Attorney General of Texas’s official website, there have been “534 successfully prosecuted election fraud offenses against 155 individuals by the Office of the Attorney General since 2005.” There are 510 “pending offenses against 43 defendants, currently pending prosecution” and 386 “active election fraud investigations.”
His comments come after Texan Monica Mendez was arrested on June 23, last week. A Victoria County Grand Jury indicted her on multiple counts of election fraud: “7 counts of Illegal Voting (a 2nd Degree Felony), 8 counts of Unlawfully Assisting Voter Voting Ballot by Mail (a 3rd Degree Felony), 8 counts of Unlawful Possession of Ballot (a State Jail Felony), and 8 counts of Election Fraud (a State Jail Felony).
The most noteworthy arrest was of Rachel Rodriguez, of Bear County. Rodriguez was caught by Project Veritas in an undercover video in which she is seen describing ballot harvesting operations in Bear County. She claims to have orchestrated the ballot harvesting for both Democrats and Republicans running in the 2020 election.
Paxton said in January, “Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice.”
“The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combatting this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”
The Center Square reported:
Earlier this year, Paxton’s office won two cases in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In May, the appeals court rejected a Texas Democratic Party lawsuit that tried to reinstate “pop-up” voting or temporary rotating polling locations.
In March, the court ordered sanctions against Marc Elias and other attorneys at Perkins Coie, an international law firm providing counsel to the Democratic National Committee after Paxton’s office alleged they submitted redundant and misleading supplemental filings in their attempt to re-implement straight-ticket voting in Texas. The court agreed and issued sanctions against Perkins Coie.
The AG’s Election Fraud Unit is referral-based. It only responds to complaints it receives, and primarily to those that are vetted by the Secretary of State’s Office. The AG’s office does not have resources to actively detect fraud, it states, but instead relies on members of the public and election officials to observe fraud and report fraud to the Secretary of State’s office.