Despite claims by Democrats that voter fraud does not exist, the state of Texas has indicted a Mexican woman with stealing an identity and using it to vote in three different presidential elections.
The Mexican national is in the country legally, but since she is not a U.S. citizen, she could not vote in any elections.
That didn’t stop her from doing it three different times.
According to prosecutors, Laura Garza used a stolen identity to get a passport, which she used as identification to vote for president in 2004, 2012, and 2016.
A Mexican woman living in Texas has been charged with voter fraud after prosecutors said she illegally cast in three different presidential elections, including in 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday announced that his office will prosecute Laura Garza who was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of election fraud related to the November 2016 presidential election in Harris County.
Garza, described as a non-US citizen from Mexico, is charged with voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A joint investigation carried out by Paxton’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety has determined that Garza obtained documents to steal the identity of a US citizen and illegally register to vote in Harris County, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.
She is accused of illegally voting in 2004, 2012 and most recently in November 2016.
Prosecutors have not made it clear if they know who Garza voted for in those elections.
‘This case demonstrates my office’s commitment to protecting the integrity of elections,’ Paxton said. ‘We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the electoral process in Texas.’
Garza’s case came to light when a citizen attempted to obtain a US Passport, only to discover that Garza had already done so using the woman’s identity.
The US State Department later referred Garza’s case to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Department of Public Safety, which ultimately handed it over to the Office of the Attorney General for an election fraud investigation.
President Donald Trump has long been making unsubstantiated claims that as many as three million people voted illegally in the last election, as a way to explain how his opponet, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote.
Multiple studies have shown that while in-person voter fraud is not unheard of, it is exceedingly rare.
In Texas, there were only 60 criminal convictions for offenses related to voter fraud out of 65 million ballots cast between 2005-2017, according to data compiled by the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.
Fox News reported on the situation.
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