Four Texas women are facing criminal charges for alleged involvement in voter fraud. The four are accused of targeting senior voters in 2016 as part of an organized voter deception ring. The women would seek to obtain mail ballots for the elderly voters and then submit them for certain candidates. Arrests were made after an investigation by the state Attorney General's office. The names of the candidates who would allegedly receive votes from the scheme have not been released.
According to the indictment, 26 people in North Fort Worth were victims of the scheme. One man said that he and his wife always vote in person; his wife's name was one of those allegedly falsified on a mail ballot request. Another 78-year-old woman said that she never requested a mail-in ballot in 2016. Apparently, the ballots were intercepted and the voter fraud detected before being counted, so the scheme had no impact on electoral outcomes. In some cases, the voters canceled their mail ballots so that they could vote in person.
One woman was indicted on one count of illegal voting, which is a second-degree felony charge. Offenders can spend two to 20 years in prison upon being convicted. All four women also face state felony charges of providing false information on an application for a mail ballot. One is accused of 16 counts, one of 10 counts, one of two counts and the last of one count.
Voter fraud allegations can rise to the level of federal crimes, especially if national elections are involved. While some voter fraud charges hinge on organized rings, others can involve relatively minor allegations that carry hefty penalties. A criminal defense attorney experienced in federal cases can work with defendants to challenge the allegations and present a strong defense in court.