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.
“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.