Texas woman pleads guilty to 26 counts of voter fraud over alleged vote-cutting operation

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces successful prosecution of a woman who has committed 26 counts of voter fraud.

Monica Mendez pleads guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud Victoria County, TexasPaxton’s office said in a press release Friday, “includes three counts of illegal voting, eight counts of election fraud, seven counts of assisting a voter to submit a ballot by mail, and eight counts of illegal possession of a postal ballot.” “

According to the indictment, Mendez was in charge of a vote-harvesting campaign aimed at influencing the results of a local utility board election. After entering guilty pleas, he was sentenced to five years of deferred adjournment probation.

The conviction came less than a year after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new election integrity law in the state, sparking controversy from critics who claimed the law was intended to suppress minority voting. .

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs controversial election integrity bill

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
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Bill Banned Early voting hours and drive-thru voting overnightCodifying the access of poll watchers to polling stations by mandating that any activity at the polling place should be able to be seen or heard.

“The One Thing All Texans Can Agree [on] And that is that we should have faith and confidence in our choices. The bill I’m about to sign helps achieve that goal,” Abbott said at the time. “However, the law makes it harder for fraudulent votes to be cast.”

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Paxton said the latest prosecution under the law in Victoria County was investigated by his office’s election integrity team, with the Victoria County District Attorney’s office cooperating with the case.