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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Texas mayor was arrested for voter fraud for allegedly attempting to rig his own election, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday. Authorities charged Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina with organized election fraud, a first-degree felony, and two counts of illegal voting for allegedly making voters change their addresses to places they did not live, including an apartment complex he owned. Molina unseated the city's longtime mayor by about 1,200 votes in 2017. Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, Edinburg is home to headquarters for U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in the Rio Grande Valley. The city's population is about 90,000.


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Eighteen people have been arrested for Molina's alleged scheme, according to the attorney general's office. The office declined to say whether the allegedly fraudulent votes changed the election results.

"Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices," Paxton said in a statement released Thursday. "Voter apathy is caused by rigged elections with guaranteed outcomes."

Rumors circulated about voter fraud, The Progress Times reported, shortly after the November 2017 election. Molina ousted incumbent Richard Garcia with nearly 54 percent of about 8,400 ballots cast, according to Hidalgo County Elections Department records.


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The Rio Grande valley, A Democrat stronghold in Texas. note the fact that the individuals involved were all Democrats was not said.

#1 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-09-11 08:33 AM | Reply

You got a link for that?

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-11 10:32 AM | Reply

I mean other than your rear-end.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-11 10:33 AM | Reply

Municipal elections in Texas are nonpartisan, and Zayas said she does not know whether Molina has a party affiliation.

A federal judge in February said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud in Texas after state officials incorrectly questioned the U.S. citizenship of thousand of voters.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2019-09-11 07:28 PM | Reply

More proof that Republicans can only win when they cheat.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-09-11 07:44 PM | Reply

First this:

Zayas said she does not know whether Molina has a party affiliation.

Then this:

More proof that Republicans can only win when they cheat.

Rio Grande Valley is heavily Hispanic and is traditionally liberal, all of the House Reps from there are Democrats, as are the State Senators and Assemblymen. Hillary Clinton visited there 4 times in 2016 and it went to her 62% to 28%.

My guess is that Ricardo Molina isn't a GOP outlier.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-11 08:39 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by ClownShack

You, like so many ignorant of all things Texas, just assume this has to do with Republicans. That county, like the vast majority in South Texas, is overwhelmingly Democratic, been that way for decades.

2018 General Election Results

2016 General Election Results

Feel free to dig back further is you like. https://www.hidalgocounty.us/559/General-Elections

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2019-09-11 08:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"#7 | POSTED BY ET_AL AT 2019-09-11 08:43 PM "

You are correct of course. However, Texas Mayoral races are apolitical. But if any mayor in the valley truthfully admitted their political affilation, 95% of them would say democrat.

Side note: The largely Democratic Rio Grande Valley is also the most illiterate region in the state.

#8 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-11 08:48 PM | Reply

You got a link for that?

#2 | POSTED BY NIXON AT 2019-09-11 10:32 AM

Et al does.

Dumb Nixon "strikes" again.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-11 09:18 PM | Reply

And about 30% to 40%, are not citizens of the United States. Only about 70% are functional in English.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-09-12 12:49 AM | Reply

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