Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that an arrest has been made for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each of these charges is a felony under the Texas Election Code.
The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez.
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Rodriguez was featured in an undercover video released by Project Veritas just before the 2020 election. In the video, she is depicted engaging in vote harvesting.
The news was shared in a post on Twitter, which claims that Rodriguez has a connection to Joe Biden. That connection has not yet been verified. “BREAKING: Biden election official has been arrested for widespread election fraud in Texas. Felony charges include election fraud, illegal voting, illegal vote-by-mail, possession of official ballots. Election fraud is investigated and prosecuted in Texas. GA? Get busy…” the tweet read.
BREAKING: Biden election official has been arrested for widespread election fraud in Texas. Felony charges include election fraud, illegal voting, illegal vote-by-mail, possession of official ballots. Election fraud is investigated and prosecuted in Texas. GA? Get busy… pic.twitter.com/xmTYTU4SwQ— @amuse (@amuse) January 13, 2021
Rodriguez admitted in the video that the actions she was taking were illegal and that she could go to jail if caught. She also mentioned Joe Biden by name.
“Yeah, I’m getting the Biden vote out, but I mean I’m not going to do it for free–in other words if they don’t pay me, I’m like excuse me?” she said.
Attorney General Paxton commented on the arrest:
“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice. The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud,” Paxton said.
The investigation is still ongoing. If convicted, Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in prison.
According to local news outlet KXXV, “Individuals involved in or with knowledge of this organized vote harvesting scheme are encouraged to come forward and cooperate with the Office of the Attorney General.”