School District Employee Arrested for Voter Fraud
This week an East Texas woman was arrested for election fraud after she was found to have filled out multiple absentee ballots. Carolyn Lewis, a 68-year-old woman employed by the Chapel Hill Independent School District was arrested and placed on administrative leave.
Local station KETK reported Lewis in her interview said that the white candidates would not be good for the school, “we felt like the white people were gonna clown because this is the first time that we have ever seen this many in it.”
The arrest came after the Smith County Elections Administrator found four absentee ballots witnessed by the same individual. Following the discovery the Smith County District Attorney’s office was alerted to this violation of the Texas Elections Code.
The District Attorney confirmed the allegation and when law enforcement went to make contact with the woman, the investigator is reported to have found her sitting in her vehicle in the Chapel Hill High School parking lot with two more absentee ballots.
The woman admitted to soliciting ballots, was arrested and booked into jail. Unlawfully witnessing absentee applications is a class B misdemeanor. Lewis has since posted bond and been released.
Chapel Hill ISD released the following statement:
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Chapel Hill ISD became aware that an employee had been charged with tampering with an election. The employee has been placed on leave pending an investigation of the alleged misconduct. Due to the pending investigation, Chapel Hill ISD cannot comment at this time. The District will work cooperatively with the Smith County Sheriff’s Department during its investigation.Chapel Hill ISD
Current School Board Vice President Ronnie Williams and School board secretary Gregory Ford are defending the illegal activity stating separately that only four ballots were in question and that Lewis was arrested on some, “small, little technicality.”
One stolen or manipulated vote is one too many and the laws that Texas has in place are designed to limit illegal behavior that undermines trust in the process.