Texas Republicans are determined to make it hard for minorities, young people and other Democratic groups to vote. They claim massive fraud undermines our elections. The real fraud is the Republican legislation. khou.com/article/news/i…
“Brandon Rottinghaus, Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, said the data contradicts recent legal efforts against expanded voting access.
“ ‘The justifications for making it harder to vote using voter fraud as the linchpin are misleading and inaccurate and are not supported by the data,’ Rottinghaus said.
“It's as likely that a person would get struck by lightning or win an Academy Award as that you would find an investigation and a conviction for voter fraud.’
“Records show the Texas Attorney General’s office has prosecuted 55 people for election fraud from 2015 to 2020. It reports other 37 cases pending.
“The most common crimes, according to the date, are making false statements on voter applications and vote harvesting, where an outside party manipulates mail ballots.
“Rottinghaus said the vast majority of criminal cases are ‘small potatoes’ that did not involve major conspiracies or a large number of illegal votes that would swing an election.”
Caveat (small one):

“The data does not include offenses reported to local law enforcement according to a disclaimer provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.”
“In Harris County, however, prosecutions are rare. Data from the Harris County District Clerk’s Office revealed only two illegal voting cases filed over the past five years.”

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