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The voter fraud investigation in Starr County, Texas, yielded its third arrest late Tuesday when a woman turned herself in to the Special Crimes Unit.
Belinda Garcia, 45, surrendered to the Starr County Special Crimes Unit and stands charged with one count of a fraudulent application for ballot by mail, the Brownsville Herald reported.
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“We’ve tried to educate people and warn people about these new laws as of December of last year,” Escobar told reporters Tuesday night. “But apparently some people just refuse to follow these new laws.” The district attorney referenced the new voter fraud prevention law that went into effect on December 1, 2017.
The border county DA said this is the second arrest for fraudulently applying for a ballot by indicating the person was disabled when they were not. It appears there may be more than one voter involved in Garcia’s case, Escobar stated. He indicated there may be additional charges coming for her soon.
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On February 3, DA Escobar announced the arrest of 37-year-old Erika Lozano-Pelayo, Breitbart Texas reported. The Starr County Elections Department found that a ballot application submitted by Lozano-Pelayo was for a voter who had previously died in December, yet remained on the voter registration rolls for roughly a month thereafter.
“Our legislature has given us a very clear mandate to begin and try to prevent voter fraud,” Escobar told The Monitor.
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A few days earlier, the DA announced the arrest of a Starr County Independent School District employee for alleged voter fraud.
Fifty-year-old Ernestina Barron was arrested Monday on three counts of election fraud, and three counts of a fraudulent application for ballot by mail Breitbart Texas reported.
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Barron allegedly filed a ballot application for a rodeo cowboy and claimed the person was disabled. Two other counts of voter fraud related to her allegedly having the voter sign an incomplete...
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