Highlights of recent events related to mail-in ballot fraud in South Texas. Posted by Lee Ann O'Neal, firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.texaswatchdog.org. SOURCES: Lone Star Project; Texas State Attorney General's Office; Texas Legislature Online; staff research by Steve Miller.
A report from the Texas Legislature’s House Committee on Elections asserts there is mail-in ballot voter fraud in the state “and those issues do need to be addressed” by the 81st session at the statehouse. http://www.scribd.com/doc/29815332/Elections-80th
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announces an initiative to police voter fraud, calling fraud an epidemic. He devotes part of the white-collar crime Special Investigations Unit in his office to work with law enforcement around the state to chase down and prosecute violators.
The Texas Democratic Party files suit against the state and Greg Abbott in his official capacity as attorney general. The suit charges that laws making it a crime to possess a ballot violate the Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising elderly and other voters.
House Bill 1994 introduced to make it a class B misdemeanor to assist more than one mail-in voter in an election. The bill dies in committee. (It is a class B misdemeanor to witness on more than one mail-in ballot, which under Texas law is a more involved process than just assisting a voter; witnesses may fill out a ballot at the voter's direction, but must sign their names to a form acknowledging their role.)