Yes, voter fraud exists and yes, it changes the outcome of elections. The Monitor:
The Texas Attorney General’s office has filed 16 charges against Lupe Rivera Sr., alleging that the Weslaco city commissioner violated the state’s Election Code during the 2013 race for his District 5 seat… The charges are in response to a criminal complaint Letty Lopez filed with the Secretary of State’s office earlier this year.
Lopez had fallen short by 16 votes to Rivera Sr. in the November 2013 election in question. Claiming voter fraud, Lopez contested the results of the election in a highly-publicized legal dispute that lasted for more than a year and a half.
Despite State District Judge Menton Murray Jr. calling for a new election in June 2014, this after finding that 30 ballots were illegally cast in the race, the process was hung up for nearly a year by Rivera Sr.’s appeal. The longer the case was delayed, the more scrutiny befell Rivera Sr. and his attorney, State Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, for appealing Murray’s decision.
Two years later, with the fraud-tainted 2013 results thrown out, a new election has finally been scheduled. But it’s not all bad news for Rivera: “the charges Rivera Sr. faces are not likely to affect his candidacy for the Nov. 3 election.”
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