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The mayor of Edinburg, Texas, and his wife surrendered to law enforcement Thursday in connection with voter fraud charges.
On Thursday morning, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia, walked into a local Texas Department of Public Safety building to face charges for an “illegal voting scheme” occurring the 2017 mayoral election, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
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A news release summarizes allegations that Molina and his wife “had numerous voters” change their residential addresses into the jurisdiction–including the apartment complex he owns–for the express purpose of voting for Molina in the November 7, 2017, election. The “vote harvesting” scheme, as Paxton’s office describes it, involved the participation of paid campaign workers. Molina won the election by 1,240 votes, unseating long-time incumbent Richard Garcia.
According to Dave Hendricks from the Progress Times, Molina is facing a charge enacted in 2017: “A person commits an offense if, with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a vote harvesting organization, the person commits or conspires to commit one or more offenses,” according to the Texas Penal Code.
Total - Arrests - Connection - Edinburg - City
There have been a total of 18 other arrests in connection with the 2017 Edinburg city election. These arrests were part of an ongoing...
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