South Texas city commissioner ousted over voter fraud pleads guilty, avoids jail

More not-nonexistent voter fraud that changed the outcome of an election in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley:

A former Weslaco city commissioner has admitted to cheating to get re-elected in 2013. Lupe Rivera Monday pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully assisting a voter — one of 16 counts he was charged with in a mail-in ballot fraud scheme.

Rivera’s challenger contested the election, which was decided by just 16 votes, alleging voter fraud. The judge found that 30 ballots were illegally cast and ordered a new election (after a protracted appeal, the redo election was held in November 2015; Rivera lost), and Texas’ Attorney General filed 16 charges against Rivera – including the unlawful assistance charge for filling out a mail ballot “in a way other than the way the voter directed or without direction from the voter.”

 

As punishment for intentionally defrauding the voters of Weslaco, stealing enough votes to steal an election, and tying up the courts for over a year, Rivera’s plea deal sentences him to just a year of probation and a $500 fine.