Former Texas election worker pleads guilty to voter fraud charges

Conservatives have often seen their concerns over voter fraud dismissed as being paranoia. However, a recent guilty verdict in Texas suggests those fears are anything but ungrounded. 

Former election worker admits to multiple fraud charges

According to the Victoria Advocate, Monica Renee Mendez was sentenced last week to five years deferred adjudication probation along with 80 hours of community service as well as $1,415 worth of fees and fines.

That sentence came after Mendez pleaded guilty on June 8 to 26 counts of voter fraud in the 24th Judicial District Court.

The misconduct came in 2018 when Mendez served as a volunteer deputy registrar during the 2018 water board election in Bloomington, Texas.

The paper noted the former election official “pleaded guilty to 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 unlawful possession of a mail ballot.”

Ken Paxton is Texas’ attorney general, and his office put out a statement last Friday addressing Mendez’s prosecution.

“Mendez ran a vote-harvesting operation on behalf of a subsidized housing corporation in order to influence the outcome of a utility board election,” the press release read.

“After Mendez entered a guilty plea on all 26 counts and confirmed in court that all counts could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, District Judge Eli Garza sentenced Mendez to five years’ deferred adjudication probation,” the statement from Paxton’s office went on to explain.

“The case was investigated and prosecuted by Attorney General Paxton’s Election Integrity team in cooperation with the Victoria County District Attorney’s Office,” it added.

South Texas appears to be undergoing a political realignment

Mendez’s guilty plea comes as the traditionally Democratic region of South Texas appears to be experiencing a political shift.

In 2020, former President Trump sharply improved his showing in the heavily Hispanic area, managing to become the first Republican to carry Zapata County in nearly a century.

Meanwhile, Republican Mayra Flores won last week’s special election in Texas’ 34th Congressional District, with Fox News noting that she will be the first-ever Mexican-born lawmaker to serve in the House of Representatives.

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