Gregg County Commissioner gets probation after admitting to mail ballot harvesting.
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In an 8-1 decision last month, the Court of Criminal Appeals said that a state law granting the attorney general the power to unilaterally prosecute election cases is unconstitutional.
But Monica Mendez won’t serve any jail time for her crimes.
Ruling upholds Texas Constitution’s separation of powers provision while hindering election fraud prosecutions.
Dozens of liberal lawyers are lined up to challenge Texas Republicans’ signature election security bill in court.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina’s prosecution on felony charges of organized election fraud has been delayed throughout his four-year term.
The Senate’s fix maintains the status quo for illegal voting penalties, but it’s not clear if the House will act to keep stronger punishments for cheaters.
The alleged vote harvester is charged with multiple felony election fraud crimes related to a 2018 local contest.
The Senate passed five of its six Republican-priority election integrity bills in April, while the House has passed three.
House Bill 6 is “not Jim Crow 2.0, it’s Election Accountability 2.0,” says a Democrat supporter of the Republican legislation.