“Voter fraud is real and Texas will prosecute it whenever and wherever it happens,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Saturday. His state is taking this problem seriously. In fact, just last week, a Texas woman was arrested and charged with a number of counts of voter fraud that dates back to a local election in 2018.
It was reported on the official website of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that Monica Mendez was arrested and booked into the Victoria County Jail. This came after a grand jury returned an indictment against her on seven counts of illegal voting, eight counts of unlawfully assisting voter voting ballot by mail, eight counts of unlawful possession of a ballot, and another eight counts of election fraud.
After tweeting that voter fraud was real in Texas and that they planned on prosecuting it whenever and wherever it happens, Gov. Abbot also wrote: “We will continue to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. Thanks to the Texas Attorney General and all law-enforcement involved in this voter fraud case to ensure integrity in elections.”
These messages from the Governor and the Attorney General of Texas came like a bombshell for those who are still trying to prove voter fraud was involved in the final outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“Currently our office has over 500 cases waiting to be heard in court. Voter fraud is real. Texans deserve to know their vote is legally and securely counted,” the attorney general said.
The prosecution of illegal activity in a red-state election is proof that voter fraud occurred, even though the GOP state passed voter ID and other election integrity bills. If this is the case, how much more should allegations of voter fraud be thoroughly investigated and criminal activity prosecuted in all other states, especially when confidence in our elections is at stake.
Right now, Democrats are desperate because of the pressure their government spending and critical race theory agenda is receiving from the public in America. President Joe Biden’s platform is receiving criticism not only in the political arena but also in the cultural sphere.
The Democrats will probably try to bait Republicans into doing something foolish. And that may be letting them focus in the midterm elections on the claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, costing former President Trump the race.
Could it be that the Democrats would rather have the GOP arguing about past voter fraud than their own failed platforms and seemingly incompetent leadership?
Could it be that raising the public’s awareness of voter fraud will only serve to depress actual voting in America? After the main election in 2020, voters in Georgia were told that they had to get out and vote for the Senate runoffs so that Republicans could hold the Senate. But the allegations of a stolen presidential race just caused too many people to stay home and not vote.
Will a lack of confidence in the voting system actually depress the vote and hurt the GOP chances in the midterm elections?
Republican turnout was down in January from November, but the Democratic voters remained constant. This is why the Democrats have control in the upper chamber.
Republicans should be ready to retake Congress in the midterms and be competitive in the 2024 presidential race. But their own messaging choices could cripple them because of the way the media will scrutinize each move they make.
Voter fraud has occurred and is occurring. It is a much bigger problem than voter suppression. Republican leadership in Texas has quite a long row to hoe in investigating these hundreds of voter fraud allegations and prosecuting all criminal activity related to election fraud.
But with the midterms looming, and with a one-sided media, Republicans may need to focus on the message of failed national Democratic governance rather than points that don’t motivate centrist voters and actually depress Republican turnout.