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    Texas Putting Mexican National On Trial for Alleged Illegal Voting

    5 Feb 2017

    The Texas Attorney General and a Texas county are putting a Mexican national on trial Monday. Her alleged crime — illegally voting in two Texas elections.

    The 37-year-old woman, Rosa Maria Ortega, was indicted in November 2015 for the crime of “Illegal Voting.” She is now facing trial for the offense — a felony in Texas.

    According to the Tarrant County indictment, attached below, Ortega is accused of voting in the November 6, 2012, general election, and in the May 27, 2014, primary run-off election. According to the indictment she did so “when she knew she was not a United States citizen.”

    Ortega lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, a city located between Fort Worth and Dallas. According to a 2015 article by the local NBC affiliate, Ortega had previously applied to vote in the county but officials rejected her application when she acknowledged that she was not a citizen. She applied again five months later and claimed she was a citizen.

    According to officials prosecuting the case, Ortega did not vote in this past November presidential election. She was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury in November 2015. Breitbart Texas’ Bob Price reported her arrest in 2015.

    The Texas Penal Code provides that the offense of “Illegal Voting,” is committed where a person:

    1. votes or attempts to vote in an election in which the person knows the person is not eligible to vote;
    2. knowingly votes or attempts to vote more than once in an election;
    3. knowingly impersonates another person and votes or attempts to vote as the impersonated person; or
    4. knowingly marks or attempts to mark another person’s ballot without the consent of that person.

    The offense is a felony of the second degree unless the person is convicted of the lesser offense of attempt. The latter would be a state jail felony.

    Texas legislators enacted the law in 2011 and it became effective on January 1, 2012.

    Ortega is facing trial in Tarrant County Criminal District Court Number 3, the Honorable Judge Robb Catalano presiding. Catalano is a Republican judge who served as an assistant district attorney in the county.

    On October 24th, just prior to the November presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release warning poll watchers hoping to prevent voter fraud that they themselves could be violating federal voting rights law. The federal officials counseled them against communicating or “challenging voters,” reported Breitbart Texas’ Logan Churchwell.

    “The statement does not grant the varying distinctions in which states may allow communication between voters and poll watchers, nor does the DOJ note that some observers in specific states do indeed have the power to challenge would-be voters based on documented ineligibility,” the Breitbart Texas article noted. The DOJ was also publicizing an “Election Complaint Report” form where voters could report “a possible violation of the federal voting rights laws.”

    Voter fraud watchers urge that communications like these from the federal government acts, as it is thought to intend to, to stifle enforcement of voter laws by poll watchers and public election officials.

    Just days after he was sworn-in, President Donald Trump promised to call for a voter fraud investigation, including investigating those who illegally voted because they were not U.S. citizens, reported Breitbart Texas.

    True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht joined Breitbart News Daily in late November and said, “I mean, if it’s so easy to be a CNN, right, to affirm that there are no concerns to be had about illegal votes, and non-citizen voting isn’t something that we should look at, then let’s get CNN to ask the federal government to show us how they can conclusively tell us that non-citizens aren’t registered. Show us the process that they use to screen federal registration applications,” she suggested.

    Engelbrecht said no one has looked into it because when states ask to, they get sued. We’ve institutionalized the fraud, we’ve made it this taboo that no one’s allowed to speak about because this is what happens. It’s a political minefield, and it’s not for the faint of heart. But somebody’s got to walk through it, or at some point we’re going to find ourselves in a banana republic where votes really don’t matter, and then you can’t unring that bell. We’re perilously close to that point now,” Engelbrecht warned.

    It “serves all of our interests” to ask the questions that need to be asked about how many illegal voters are on the voter rolls, she said.

    In late January, Breitbart News published an article by California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly saying that “The media have exhibited a pathological determination to ignore any possibility of voter fraud, in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary.”

    The article, entitled “California’s Recipe for Voter Fraud on a Massive Scale,” laid out the things that enable voter fraud, including pushing massive voting by mail. Other components to the “recipe” includes: making it easy to vote online two weeks before Election Day; spending millions of taxpayer dollars handing out drivers licenses to illegal aliens; and passing a law that requires everyone with a drivers license to be “automatically” registered to vote.

    A New York Assemblyman introduced legislation last week that if passed, would allow approximately 150,000 illegal aliens in New York City to get a driver’s license, reported Breitbart Texas. Statewide, 265,000 illegal aliens would be eligible.
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    Good for Texas!! Foreigners should not be voting in our elections. That is just so wrong!!! What country would want foreign people voting in their elections? No country would want that.

    DOJ needs to pursue the investigation of illegal voting. No, it doesn't have to be a "priority", but it needs to start and be conducted on a quiet, methodical, complete basis. Start with California. That's where the largest voting bloc of illegal voting would be taking place.
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    We need the Voter roles purged of illegals, the deceased and those that are registered in several States.

    We need the National Voter ID with Photo Law passed this year...NOW, so people have 3 years to get the proper IDs. No more excuses to not have an ID. And no more last minute registration! I do not agree with Motor Vehicles registering people to Vote. Go to the Voter Registration office to register.

    We also need to stop States issuing Driver's Licenses to illegals and deem all those that have been issued NULL AND VOID.

    Stop the States and the Federal Government from aiding and abetting illegal aliens and affording them benefits for US citizens.
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    Mexican National Found Guilty of Illegal Voting

    9 Feb 2017
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    A Texas jury convicted a Mexican national for the crime of “illegal voting” on Wednesday and was sentenced to eight years in prison. At trial, she claimed she did not know the difference between being a resident and a citizen.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Tarrant County officials put Rosa Maria Ortega to trial for voting in two Texas elections.

    Texas legislators enacted the law in 2011 and it became effective on January 1, 2012.

    Breitbart Texas reported that Ortega would face trial on Monday. The 37-year-old woman was indicted in November 2015.

    The Tarrant County indictment stated that she voted in the November 2012 General Election and the May 2014 Primary Run-off, knowing she was not eligible to vote because she is not a U.S. citizen. Ortega had previously applied to vote, but Tarrant County officials rejected her application because she admitted on the form to non-citizen status when asked. She filled out an application five months later and alleged she was a citizen.

    A release distributed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday noted that Ortega “cast ballots five times between 2004 and 2014.” The bulk of these instances occurred before Texas began enforcement of its photo voter identification law.

    Ortega did not vote in the 2016 General Election.

    During the trial, Sergeant Joseph Cadwell with the attorney general’s public integrity unit, testified that Ortega confirmed she was not a citizen but said she would be “marrying her husband” (a U.S. citizen) in the near future.

    Sgt. Cadwell, who interviewed Ortega at her home in October 2015 along with Sgt. Wayne Rubio, showed Ortega seven Dallas County forms she had signed. In all, there were five voter registration applications. Two of them had the citizenship box checked “YES”, the others were blank, but all were signed with the affirmation about U.S. citizenship. Ortega also confirmed that she sent a registration application to Tarrant County in October 2014 with the “NO” box checked and received a rejection letter because she said she was not a citizen. She also told the sergeant she had registered for food stamps.

    Ortega’s main defense witness at trial was herself. She said she had not pursued being a citizen because she lacked the necessary funds.

    The jury took a few hours to find her guilty on both counts.

    General Paxton lauded the case’s conclusion Thursday, saying, “This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure, and the outcome sends a message that violators of the state’s election law will be prosecuted to the fullest.”

    The Ortega case has been prosecuted amid legislative activity in states like Texas and Virginia, which are actively pursuing legal reforms that would require individuals seeking to become registered voters to prove U.S. citizenship as a prerequisite. In Austin, House Bill 1079, authored by Rep. Mike Schofield (R-Houston), and SB 136, submitted by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), would require election clerks to verify citizenship with documents such as passports, birth certificates, and naturalization forms. The Public Interest Legal Foundation recently released a report documenting more than 1,000 cases of voters being removed from Virginia’s rolls for reasons related to citizen eligibility. Similar legislation is under consideration in that state as well. Only one state, Kansas, currently requires prospective voters to prove citizenship.

    The offense of “Illegal Voting” in Texas is a felony of the second degree.
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