The mayor of Edinburg, Texas, and his wife were arrested and charged with voter fraud Thursday, according to Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“City of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia, are charged with illegal voting, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in jail and an up to $10,000 fine, related to his 2017 mayoral election,” according to The Houston Chronicle. “Molina unseated the incumbent Mayor Richard Garcia after winning by more than 1,200 votes in that election.”
The couple reportedly asked voters to change their addresses to locations where they do not live – including to an apartment complex that Molina owns – so they could vote for him in November of 2017.
“Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices,” said Paxton. “My office will always do everything it can to protect the integrity of Texas elections and the rights of every legal voter to cast a ballot and have it counted accurately.”