The State of Texas is experiencing a colossal political controversy after authorities revealed an incredible voter fraud operation. Unsurprisingly, the Democratic Party is entangled in it.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott was featured in a story published on Dallas Morning News, detailing an arrest warrant issued involving a voter fraud investigation that could have impacted hundreds of mail-in ballots. In fact, authorities just confirmed that more arrest warrants will be coming soon.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a 27-year-old man from Dallas named Miguel Hernandez is wanted on a charge of illegal voting after being accused of visiting a woman in early April and collecting her blank absentee ballot. He then filled it out and falsified her signature on it before mailing it to the county.
Last month, Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole and Assistant District Attorney Andy Chatham named two persons of interest in this investigation. However, none of these was Miguel Hernandez.
Regarding this situation, Prosecutor Mike Snipes said on Friday afternoon that he couldn’t offer too much information about the case since it is ongoing. Nevertheless, he confirmed that a woman from West Dallas contacted his office, and explained that she “knew she’d been duped into sending out an improper ballot.”
After that, she contacted the Dallas County District Attorney´s Office. Apparently, she was shown a lineup and identified Miguel Hernandez.
The most interesting element of this case is that a liberal political activist, who may have been in on the illegal conduct, is now working with the authorities as a whistleblower. In fact, he released several audio tapes of a since-removed Democratic precinct chair discussing stealing hundreds of mail-in ballots and faking his address.
Although it remains unknown what his political interest is behind this action, these revelations lead the authorities to believe that the fraud targeted senior citizens.
As a matter of fact, dozens of citizens in Grand Prairie and West Dallas filed complaints claiming they had received mail-in ballots that they never requested. Also, some of them were told their mail-in ballot applications showed they were assisted by an unknown man called Jose Rodriguez. This happened during the weeks leading up to the elections.
Given this incident, a judge ordered, at the district attorney’s request, the retirement of 700 ballots that were linked to Jose Rodriguez, which authorities believe is a fake name.
As reported by the affidavit, a voter who had complained told investigators that she had placed a blank ballot in a white envelope and put that inside an envelope. Then, she gave it to a man who said he would give it to the elections department.
The woman told the investigators that when she handed her ballot over, she hadn’t signed is and nobody was listed as assisting her. However, the authorities showed her that the elections office received one that had both lines signed.
Apparently, Miguel Hernandez will face two to 10 years in prison if convicted. Court records show that far from this being his first run-in with the law, Hernandez was previously convicted of two 2012 cases for drug possession and a 2013 case for possession of cocaine.
Both candidates in the West Dallas District 6 runoff for city council contend that they never had any kind of relationship with Hernandez.
Council member Monica Alonzo said that it was good to know that the case is under investigation since it makes people feel that authorities will respond to their concerns. Also, her opponent Omar Narvaez said that he doesn’t know who Miguel Hernandez is and that he should be prosecuted because of his acts.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 4, 2017
Additional digging revealed that the Texas Democratic Party was entangled in this fraud. This opens an unpredictable scenario where their popularity in the state could reduce dramatically because of it.
This entire situation represents a huge setback for them, especially after the cynical statement they released in late May. They condemned the opposition for telling “fairy tales” about illegal voting and discriminating against people with anti-fraud measures.
While the whole state is getting prepared for the 2018 general election, this scandal could become the main obstacle for the Democrats to achieve a major victory.
Also, it remains unknown how far up this case might go. Authorities haven’t caught Hernandez and he could provide vital information. Given the whole picture, he could create a political firestorm in the state.
If liberals believed that 2018 was the year when Texas could change color after a decades-long Republican winning streak, this last incident could destroy any hope.