Following the 2017 legislative session, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick formed the Select Committee on Election Security to examine shortcomings in our election system.
In early December the committee issued a report detailing an uptick in fraud investigations and prosecutions before calling for specific actions.
According to the report, in 2018 the Attorney General’s elections division resolved 97 cases of election fraud through prosecutions. This figure includes convictions, deferred adjudications, and diversion with a stipulation of guilt.
In addition, the AG’s office has a backlog of 63 open investigations, with 59 election fraud offenses pending prosecution. This caseload represents a significant increase at a time when Texans are being told voter fraud doesn’t exist.
Stats and figures in the report were accompanied by anecdotes.