The Dallas County DA is investigating possible voter fraud with over 1,200 absentee ballot applications. The mail-in ballots are for the 2018 elections.
The applications, which came from West Dallas, Grand Prairie and parts of Oak Cliff, generated 459 ballots that were The ballots came from West Dallas, Grand Prairie and parts of Oak Cliff. These are the same areas where voter fraud was alleged in municipal elections last year.
Suspicions were raised because the applications were filled out in September and October of last year. They weren’t submitted for mail-in until the beginning of 2018.
Another red flag that there is fraud came when hundreds of ballots were received all at once via a FedEx box.
The final nail in the coffin (pun intended) was that four of the potential voters are dead.
Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said the applications were turned over to the DA because, “Those kinds of things are suspicious to us”.
“We were receiving so many applications in a Fed Ex box, four- or five-hundred at a time,” Pippins-Poole said.
All of them came from one single return address which would have been forbidden if it was a campaign office, but it was not.
“We had to go through the normal process because it did meet the qualification,” she said.
DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY OF MAIL-IN BALLOT FRAUD:
Dallas News reports:
Last year, 700 mail-in ballots in the May municipal elections in Dallas and Grand Prairie were deemed suspicious because they were linked to the same witness, “Jose Rodriguez.”
Senior citizens in both cities reported receiving mail-in ballots that they never requested — meaning their signatures had been forged. Some said they were also visited by a pushy man claiming to work for the county who wanted to collect their ballots.
One suspect was arrested in the case: Miguel Hernandez, 27. A West Dallas woman identified Hernandez as the man who collected her unfilled ballot, which then arrived at the county filled out in support of a candidate, with the name “Jose Rodriguez” as a witness. The district attorney’s office is still investigating whether others were involved in the scheme.
In response to the controversy, the Texas Legislature and Dallas County Commissioners enacted new policies to curb mail-in voter fraud and the abuse of elderly voters.
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