A justice of the peace in south Texas was convicted, along with three other people who face a total of 150 voter fraud charges.
Justice of the Peace for Medina County According to KABB, Tomas Ramirez was arrested on February 11 and is facing charges of organized election fraud, “assisting voter voting ballot by mail,” and 17 counts of unauthorized possession of a ballot or ballot envelope.
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Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez, and Mary Balderrama were arrested with him. A Bandera Grand Jury indicted all four on Feb. 9.
Garza, Martinez, and Balderrama have all been charged with conspiracy to commit electoral fraud. They also face allegations of unauthorized voting, improper possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, electoral fraud, fraudulent use of an absentee ballot by mail, interfering with a government record, and purportedly operating as an agent, among other items.
The lawsuit against Ramirez and the others, according to the Texas attorney general’s office, concerns charges of vote mining at assisted living facilities in Medina County during the 2018 Medina County Primary Election. Ramirez was elected as a justice of the peace in 2018, but his term was suspended following his arrest.
Ramirez said he was “stunned” by the accusations and refuted all of them in a statement:
I was taken aback by the accusations because they are utterly unfounded. I’ve spent the last 27 years building my law practice and giving back to the community, gaining a reputation for honesty, authenticity, and dignity. I ran for JP because I wanted to support Medina County and make the office work more effectively for its people. I believe I have accomplished this to this point. These accusations are ludicrous to everyone who knows me. It gives those who don’t a justification to sneer and hate.
I hope to aggressively defend myself to the fullest extent possible, and I am sure that I will be vindicated.
The arrests come as former President Donald Trump continues to say that voter fraud rendered the 2020 presidential election unconstitutional. While there have been isolated cases of attempted voter fraud, there is no proof that systemic election fraud would occur in the 2020 election, as Trump’s legal team argues.
“This election was rigged, and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it,” Trump said at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday.
“The results would have been much different if we had a fair election,” he claimed.