Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a Texas woman had been arrested on felony charges of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.
According to Paxton, the suspect got caught red-handed on a Project Veritas video in the middle of a “shocking and blatantly illegal action.”
”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,” said Paxton.
Paxton’s office said in a statement that Rachel Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall where she has seen vote harvesting as the 2020 election drew closer. Paxton added that his office’s Election Fraud Division reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to her arrest.
Paxton’s office added that at one point, Rodriguez was caught acknowledging that her actions were illegal and that she could go to jail for them. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison.
According to KSAT-TV, although Paxton’s office spelled Rodriguez’s first name as “Rachel,” public records repeatedly spell it “Raquel.”
“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,” Paxton said.
His office also said that individuals who are involved in or have knowledge of “this organized vote harvesting scheme are encouraged to come forward and cooperate with the Office of the Attorney General.”
On Wednesday, police told KSAT-TV that Rodriguez was arrested in the morning on San Antonio’s east side.