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South Texas postal worker sentenced to prison in federal voter fraud case

For a candidate or campaign worker looking to steal votes by illegally harvesting mail ballots, it pays to have someone on the inside – say, in the elections office or the post office. It also pays to be that someone on the inside.

 

In the south Texas county of Hidalgo, that someone was U.S. Postal Service employee Noe Abdon Olvera. He was paid well for selling mail ballot information to campaign workers – until he got caught.

 

Olvera and another postal worker were charged with selling lists of voters who received mail-in ballots to candidates running in the November 2014 election.

Olvera, who was arrested at the Postal Service facility in McAllen where he worked in October 2014, was subsequently charged with four counts of bribery of public officials in connection with an investigation into allegations that the mailman took $1,200 in bribes from campaign workers on two separate occasions in exchange for lists of postal customer names and addresses.

In March, Olvera pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of public officials. In exchange, the government dismissed the remaining three counts he was facing, court records show.

Olvera was busted with help from Yolanda Hidrogo, a politiquera who secretly recorded conversations with the postal worker and recounted in an affidavit her activities as a paid vote harvester.

 

The ballot harvesting schemes Hidrogo describes in the affidavit are common throughout Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere in the state.

 

Olvera was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Democrat elected official found guilty of voter fraud in Texas

More mail ballot fraud in Texas, where a jury convicted Ellis County constable Tyron Davis of voter fraud for “assisting” nursing home residents – including one with Alzheimer’s – with their mail ballot applications.

Davis, a Democrat, was elected after he was indicted in May 2016. He was convicted of six counts of voter fraud for failing to comply with properly signing a voter application and two counts of false ID as a peace officer.

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“It’s still debatable whether the people at the nursing home knew what they were signing when Davis showed up,” according Ellis County’s district attorney.

 

The DA’s office got involved when county election officials found 18 mail ballot applications and 15 voter registration applications with similar writing but without the signature of an assistant, as state law requires when someone helps a voter fill out their ballot documents.

 

Investigators suspected possible voter fraud after learning Davis falsely identified himself as a police officer in a flier given to the nursing home residents. Several of the residents identified Davis as the person who assisted them and told investigators they didn’t know what they were signing.

 

The violations are all misdemeanors. Davis avoided up to a year of jail time by agreeing to resign his constable position and give up his peace officer’s license.

 

Illegal harvesting of mail ballots is an ongoing problem around the Texas.

 

In Dallas County, prosecutors have already issued one arrest warrant in a criminal investigation into hundreds of allegedly fraudulent mail ballots harvested in the May 2017 local elections. In Tarrant County, thousands of harvested mail ballots are the subject of a voter fraud investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s office.

 

Dead people are on the voter rolls in Texas

It’s hardly news that dead people are on the voter rolls in Dallas County, Texas – some for as long as 12 years after their death.

 

And it’s no surprise that those dead voters’ registrations are exploited by fraudsters. At least 17 applied for ballots in the names of deceased voters in the county’s May 6 elections, according to the elections department. Those applications have been turned over to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and added to its ongoing criminal investigation of hundreds of mail ballots allegedly forged as part of a vote harvesting operation in that same election.

 

The buried lede here is that a Democrat legislator acknowledges voter fraud is real and happening:

“I believe there are ballots that probably get taken out of mailboxes before a senior even knows it’s arrived. I believe there are people who will go and take a senior’s ballot and help them fill it out and by helping them, I mean telling them what to do or unduly influencing them in how they vote. I believe there are people who will let them vote of their freewill, but if they don’t like the result, [they] will actually discard the ballot. I think all those things happen,” said state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas.

“Virtually no one” kept from voting by Texas’ voter ID law

An actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one from turning out to vote in 2016.

 

Photo voter ID requirements don’t prevent eligible voters from voting. That’s the unsurprising (to anyone who pays attention to such things) result of a study of voter participation in two Texas battlegrounds in the 2016 general election.

 

The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election: A Study of Harris County and Congressional District 23, out of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, found that non-voters in the two jurisdictions had the required photo voter ID – most stayed away from the polls because they just didn’t like the candidates.

Virtually all registered voters in Harris County and CD-23 who did not participate in the November 2016 election possessed one of the state approved forms of photo ID needed to cast a vote in person. . . . when pressed to give the principal reason why they did not cast a ballot in 2016, only 1.5% and 0.5% of non-voters in Harris County and CD-23 identified a lack of a state-approved photo ID as the principal reason they did not vote.

 

Among this handful of non-voters, 86% actually possessed an approved form of photo ID, while 14% did not. While the photo ID law at least partially discouraged some people from voting, an actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one (only one non-voter among the 819 surveyed) from turning out to vote in 2016.

Any eligible Texas voters without an accepted form of photo ID were able to vote in that election by signing a reasonable impediment declaration and showing non-photo identification, a temporary remedy imposed by the courts that the Texas Legislature is working to make a permanent part of the law this session.

“Under Trump, government flips on Texas voter ID lawsuit, says state didn’t intend to discriminate”

It’s a new day at the DOJ:

The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump will support Texas officials’ claim that the state’s voter identification law did not specifically target minority voters, retreating from the federal government’s previous stance that state lawmakers intentionally discriminated when crafting the law.

The case will be back in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

 

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos denied a joint request last week from DOJ and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to postpone the February 28 hearing while the Texas Legislature considers a bill amending its voter ID law. SB5 would incorporate affidavit provisions that Judge Ramos ordered the state to use in the November 2016 election.

It’s Time for Only Citizens to Vote in Texas

We need citizenship verification in voter registration.

 

The conviction of Texas resident and Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega for illegally registering and voting multiple times is the latest proof of why we need more than just a check box to make sure that only eligible citizens are registering and voting in American elections.

 

In Texas, home to more than 4.5 million immigrants, lawmakers are again proposing legislation to verify the citizenship of Texans registering to vote. Other state legislatures are considering similar proposals to prevent non-citizens like Ortega from illegally participating in elections.

The Ortega case perfectly demonstrates the necessity of these bills. The voter registration process is one of the remaining aspects of elections that still rely on the honor system. . . .

The honor system failed with Ortega and is failing across America. Unfortunately, this problem was created by the Motor Voter law in 1993 which made the failing honor system federal law.

More than half of Texas immigrants come from Mexico, a country that already requires proof of citizenship to join the voter registry and a government-issued photo voter ID to cast a ballot.

The only people who will suffer from citizenship verification laws are ineligible non-citizens who try to vote in our elections.

 

Just electing a new President does not fix the problems with the integrity of our elections. Washington isn’t the solution when it comes to election integrity anyhow—nor should it be.

 

If Texas’ voters want to see free and fair elections, they must demand them from Austin.

The same applies to voters in every other state.

Non-Citizen Voter Convicted in Texas is Tip of the Iceberg

No matter how much the Democrat Media Complex denies the existence of non-citizen voting, or any other voter fraud, the fact is that the alien found guilty last week of illegally voting in Texas is the tip of the iceberg.

 

The story of Rosa Maria Ortega, the Mexican national convicted of felony voter fraud after being caught registering and voting multiple times in Texas, is being downplayed or distorted by the “voter fraud is a myth” media, if covered at all.

 

But just because illegal voting by non-citizens is not being reported, and in many other cases not even being prosecuted, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

 

Take Virginia, for example, where (no thanks to some election officials) the Public Interest Legal Foundation found evidence that aliens had illegally registered and voted:

PILF asked over 20 counties to provide government documents showing the names and numbers of registrants canceled for citizenship problems.

Election officials stonewalled the requests.  So much for the truth.  This is one of the reasons why there is not as much evidence of voter fraud as there could be – collusion and obstruction by those who want to conceal the extent of voter fraud.

PILF had to sue election officials from three jurisdictions in federal court to obtain the records – Larry Haake from Chesterfield County and registrars in Manassas and Alexandria. . . . Haake and other election officials eventually capitulated to our lawsuits and turned over the requested data.  Counties which have not turned the data over are the next to be sued.

Yet PILF found no evidence that any illegally-voting aliens like Sharmina Akthar had ever been prosecuted.

Akthar voter record

How are ineligible non-citizens able to register and vote in Virginia, Texas, and anywhere else the federal registration form is used?

The problem with alien voting is exacerbated by the Motor Voter registration form.  On it, aliens merely check a box saying they are an American citizen, and they land on the rolls.  No questions asked.

When some states like Kansas and Georgia started asking questions about citizenship beyond the form, leftist groups like the League of Women Voters and Project Vote sued.

PILF already published a report containing summaries of the public information regarding alien voting cancellation in just eight Virginia counties.  CNN never came calling. (Fox did). Fake News doesn’t appreciate real news.  Since that report, more counties – including the three sued – have provided more information, and an updated report on alien voting will be forthcoming.

The Leftmedia can continue to deny that non-citizens register and vote, but the new administration and state legislatures across the country recognize this easily-resolved threat to honest elections and are taking steps to expose and prevent it.

Non-citizen illegally registered and voted, found guilty of voter fraud in Texas

Yes, non-citizens can and do illegally vote, because no one is checking their eligibility.

 

Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega was just convicted in Tarrant County, Texas on two counts of felony voter fraud after illegally registering and voting multiple times. She cast five illegal ballots in Dallas County from 2004 through 2014 (a three-year statute of limitations prevented prosecution for the three earlier offenses).

 

Ortega was able to commit these state (and federal) felonies by simply checking a box on a form that said she is a citizen. No one checks whether the check boxes are true, no one verifies if applicants are in fact eligible citizens before signing them up to vote. It’s an honor system.

 

Ortega was only caught when she moved from Dallas to Tarrant County and illegally registered there by again checking the box claiming to be a citizen – after first submitting an application (which was rejected) acknowledging that she’s not a citizen. Tarrant County election officials were required by law to accept Ortega’s second application but contacted the district attorney’s office to initiate an investigation.

 

Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and after serving her time will be subject to deportation. Strong penalties won’t act as a deterrent, though, if ineligible voters know they’re unlikely to be caught.

 

Until the voter registration honor system is changed, non-citizens can and will continue to vote.

UPDATE: Pasadena, Texas seeks stay in redistricting case ahead of May city council elections

With city council candidates facing a February 17 filing deadline, the Fifth Circuit scheduled an expedited hearing in Pasadena, Texas’ redistricting case for February 1.

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether to temporarily halt the order from the Houston judge, which would enable the system of six single member districts, and two at large seats put in place in 2014 to remain.

 

If a judge issues a ruling in the city’s favor, it will impact city council elections that will be held in May, and reverse a decision earlier this month ordering the city to use the 2011 eight member single district model for the coming elections.

Earlier this month, a district judge ruled that the city’s two at-large voting districts violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

What’s next for Texas’ voter ID law?

A delayed district court hearing, deferred SCOTUS review, and the state’s 2017 legislative session may all impact the future of Texas’ photo voter ID law:

 

  • A federal district court in Corpus Christi still must determine if the voter ID law was enacted in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.
  • A hearing on the law’s intent, originally set for Tuesday, was pushed back to Feb. 28 to allow new Justice Department leaders in the Trump administration to determine how they want to proceed with the case.
  • The district judge’s ruling is expected to be appealed by the losing side, providing a path to return the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The issues will be better suited” for review at that time, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote Monday.
  • The Texas Legislature could weigh in. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has designated passage of “photo voter ID” a priority this session. Legislation has not yet been filed but will be designated Senate Bill 5.