A Democrat running for mayor in Texas has been charged in a voter fraud scheme.
Zul Mirza Mohamed was arrested Wednesday for attempting to defraud a mayoral election by manipulating mail-in ballots, the Washington Examiner reported.
Democrat charged with voter fraud
Mohamed was running an uphill race against a Republican incumbent to be mayor of Carrollton, a town in the Dallas area. Not only will he not be holding that position, he could face up to 20 years in the slammer for a ballot harvesting scheme.
The Democrat allegedly used a phony ID to obtain a PO box for illicitly collecting absentee ballots, KTVT reported. The authorities started surveilling the PO box, which was supposed to have belonged to a nursing home, after reaching out to people in Denton County in whose names the ballots were requested, only to find out they never made the requests.
While watching the PO box, investigators caught Mohamed collecting ballots and followed him back to his home. They found 25 ballots inside, some opened, after obtaining a search warrant. They also found a fake driver license he used to get the mail box.
Mohamed was stuffing envelopes with absentee ballot applications for neighboring Dallas County when he was arrested.
“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated,” Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree said in a statement, Fox News reported. “The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling. We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of voter fraud.
Democrats insist voter fraud isn’t real
Mohamed was brought up on 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud and 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot, KTVT reported.
The Denton County Sheriff’s Office had help from Republican Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, who has frequently warned that mail ballots are vulnerable to fraud, echoing President Donald Trump’s warnings about a dramatic spike in voting by mail this year. Democrats have largely dismissed Trump’s concerns as unfounded.
“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections,” Paxton said. “My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud.”
This comes after Paxton announced over 100 felony charges in a separate voter fraud scheme dating from the 2018 Democratic primaries.
Clearly mail ballots can be and have been exploited, and there’s no telling what may happen with a presidential election in which people are choosing to vote this way at an unprecedented scale.