Woman Pleads Guilty to 26 Felony Counts of Vot­er Fraud in South Texas

A woman has pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud in South Texas, according to reports.

37-year-old Monica Renee Mendez, of Port Lavaca, Texas, admitted to rigging elections in the 24th Judicial District Court earlier this month.

Mendez confessed to running a “voter harvesting operation” for a May 2018 Bloomington water board election.

The Texas AG office issued a statement that said: “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office’s latest election integrity prosecution in Victoria County.

“Monica Mendez of Port Lavaca pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud, including 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.

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

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

According to the Victoria Advocate:

“As a volunteer deputy registrar, Mendez would have been responsible for helping residents register to vote, Hill said.

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“After local officials were notified that the attorney general’s office was investigating Mendez’s conduct in 2018, Mendez’s registrar certification was not renewed.

“…Bloomington’s water board election came under scrutiny in 2018 after about 275 people in the rural town of 2,500 registered to vote using the same mailing address.

“The mailing address was a post office box associated with rental properties linked to ALMS, a local housing nonprofit accused of unfairly trying to win votes during that election.”

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