Mayor, wife arrested for an illegal voting scheme

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Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of the mayor of Edinburg and his wife on charges that they ran an illegal vote harvesting scheme, including having voters register to vote at an apartment complex owned by the then-candidate.

Richard and Dalia Molina arrests stem from a long-running investigation into his 2017 mayoral election. Molina won the election by a margin of more than 1,200 votes, unseating a longtime incumbent.

According to a press release from the AGs office, the couple is accused of having voters change their addresses, including an apartment complex owned by Molina, so they could vote for him.

Currently, the Texas legislature is contemplating needed legislation that would address the investigation and prosecution of voter fraud.

While there are several bills that need to be moved, Texans concerned with fair and transparent elections in Texas should call on Speaker Dennis Bonnen to refer Senate Bill 9 by Bryan Hughes to the House Elections Committee.

SB9 was sent over from the Senate on April 16 and has not been assigned to a committee. The same fate has befallen other important measures while items of lower import, received even more recently have been seen moving through the legislative process.

At this point in the legislative session, inaction is just as noteworthy as action. Call Bonnen’s office (512) 463-1000 and request this bill be assigned to a committee.

The Molina’s arrest is the latest in a series of arrests related to the 2017 municipal election. In addition to the mayor and his wife, 18 additional individuals alleged to have taken part in the scheme have been charged.

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