AG Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit Arrests Non-Citizen Charged with Illegal Voting in Navarro County

January 15, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Marites Canete Curry, of Corsicana, was indicted on one count of illegal voting and arrested following an investigation by the Election Fraud Unit of his office. Curry is a non-citizen who voted illegally in Navarro County in the November 2016 general election.

“This latest election fraud arrest demonstrates my office’s commitment to ensuring that Texas has the most secure elections in the country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Illegal voting undermines one of the most fundamental principles of our nation: one person, one vote. Violators of our election laws will be caught and prosecuted.”

The illegal voting charge against Curry is a second-degree felony and carries a penalty of 2-20 years in prison. Navarro County election records indicated she illegally registered to vote in June 2016.

From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. In 2018, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. Last February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.