A Texas woman has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of voter fraud for the second time in two weeks, according to a Monday report.
“Modesta Vela of Roma [Texas] was arrested October 4 on four voter fraud charges relating to mail-in ballots, the report said. “Vela is accused of approaching an elderly voter, taking the voter’s mail-in ballot for the November 2018 election, then filling it out herself and mailing it.”
But Vela was not satisfied with just one arrest in October.
“Vela was arrested again Friday on four new voter fraud charges of tampering with a government record, namely voter registration applications. Starr County Special Crimes Unit made the arrest,” the report continued.
She was also arrested in 2010 on a voter fraud charge “involving improper mail ballot assistance during that year’s Democratic primary.”
“District Attorney Omar Escobar said his office began investigating Vela last month after the Starr County Elections Department notified him of the allegations,” according to the report. “Vela was charged with felony counts of illegal voting, knowingly possessing a ballot or ballot envelope of another person with the intent to defraud, and election fraud, as well as a misdemeanor count of unlawful assistance of a voter.”
The DA’s office is engaged in an ongoing voter fraud investigation that resulted in multiple arrests, and the office said the investigation could continue for as long as two years.
Escobar said that mail ballots are the least secure method of voting.
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