By: Brian Evans

On Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton revealed that several individuals were arrested on the grounds that they were orchestrating an illegal voting scheme in the city of Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. They said that the AG’s Election Fraud Unit arrested nine individuals, following their ongoing probe into…

“a coordinated effort by political workers to recruit people who agree to fraudulently claim residential addresses so they could vote in specific city of Edinburg municipal races. Illegal voting, particularly an organized illegal voting scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in corruption at the highest level. Each illegal vote silences the voice of a law-abiding registered voter.”

Texas AG, Ken Paxton

The nine individuals detained by Paxton include: Guadalupe Sanchez Garza, Araceli Gutierrez, Brenda Rodriguez, Rosendo Rodriguez, Cynthia Tamez, Ruby Tamez, Belinda Rodriguez, Felisha Yolanda Rodriguez and Jerry Gonzalez, Jr..

Paxton said that more arrests are expected in the future, and encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

Paxton said…

“My office will continue to do everything in its power to uncover illegal voting schemes and bring to justice those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas.”

Texas AG, Ken Paxton

In 2018, Attorney General Ken Paxton has prosecuted 33 people for election fraud violations, which in Texas, is a second-degree felony that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.