Texas attorney general announces arrest related to election fraud, vote harvesting


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday an arrest related to election fraud, ballot harvesting, and other felonious violations of the Texas Election Code.

Paxton credits an undercover video from Project Veritas last fall for the tip. According to a statement from the attorney general’s office, the Election Fraud Division of Paxton’s office reviewed, “dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage,” which culminated in the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.

The attorney general’s office says that on the video, Rodriguez admitted that her actions could be constituted as illegal and she could face jail time. The attorney general’s office says Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.

“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud,” Paxton said in a statement. “We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. 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.

“The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”

Project Veritas is an undercover journalism operation founded in 2011 by James O’Keefe to expose corruption and fraud. The non-profit has also been the center of controversies.

The investigation is still ongoing. Individuals involved in or have knowledge of suspected organized vote harvesting are encouraged to contact the attorney general’s office by clicking here.