A classic example of illegal mail ballot harvesting was just caught on video.
The video shows a campaign worker for State Rep. Harold Dutton (D–Houston) harvesting a voter’s mail ballot in last week’s Democrat primary.
Watchdog group Direct Action Texas, known for fighting election fraud in Texas, received the video showing what appear to be multiple election code violations and made it public:
“The video shows a worker approaching a voter with that voter’s ballot in hand. The worker appears to have a stack of ballots in her hand. She clearly identifies herself with the Harold Dutton campaign, and proceeds to instruct the voter to check the box for Dutton and sign, and then she leaves with the ballot.
“The worker commits several violations of election code, most of which are now felonies. The first question one should ask is why and how does she have the voter’s ballot? She clearly instructs the voter how to vote, another violation, then leaves with the ballot not having secured it in the carrier envelope.
“The observer even asks if what she is doing is legal, to which the worker responds by bragging that she has ‘done 400 already.’ The election code only allows someone to assist a voter who requests assistance and who is eligible for assistance. None of that appears to be the case in this video.”
DAT says it will be reviewing ballot applications and carrier envelopes for this race and expects to find many of the voters never applied for ballots. If someone else submitted ballot applications without the voters’ permission, that’s a felony under a new state law enacted last year.
“Anyone still claiming election fraud doesn’t exist is intentionally ignoring the facts,” said DAT’s executive director Aaron Harris. “We can only hope that legislators and prosecutors will begin to take these issues more seriously.”
Active investigations and prosecutions of mail ballot voter fraud are ongoing in Dallas, Nueces, and Starr counties.