(Chris Parker, Headline USA) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a pro-Trump Republican, recently announced that all cases of election fraud – including the 500 currently pending – will be fully prosecuted.
That number is near the total of 534 election fraud cases that have been prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s office since 2005. Those prosecutions have led to the convictions of 155 people, reported Truth Tent.
“We will prosecute voter fraud every time we find it,” Paxton said. “Voter fraud is real…Texans deserve to know their vote is legally and securely counted.”
The state’s focus on election fraud comes amid growing concerns about fraud during the 2020 general election. Several states have launched investigations into its results, and one Arizona lawmaker introduced a bill to decertify the elections in three counties.
Paxton’s announcement follows the arrest of Monica Mendez, a woman who pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of vote fraud in Texas earlier this year. Mendez took advantage of a subsidized housing community to run a vote harvesting operation.
Election fraud is particularly rampant in border states like Texas and Arizona, where illegal immigrants frequently rig the system so they can vote. Arizona recently closed a legal loophole that made it easier to get away with election fraud.
Paxton, a Trump-endorsed candidate who beat a swamp-dwelling Bush in the state’s primary, has fought to end vote fraud in both local and general elections. He filed a lawsuit to overturn the controversial 2020 election results and has successfully challenged the Biden administration’s open border policies.
His department’s investigations led to the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez, another alleged ballot harvester in Bexar County. The evidence leading to her conviction included footage that was leaked by Project Veritas in which she seemed to have admitted to ballot harvesting. She also admitted to knowing that her actions were illegal.
“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,” Paxton said in response to Rodriguez’s case.
“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.”