GOP official’s wife convicted in months-long 2020 voter-fraud scheme

A Texas GOP official’s wife and three other people have been convicted after they participated in a months-long 2020 voter-fraud scheme involving illegal ballot harvesting. The four conspirators were found guilty by a jury in Tom Green County District Court in San Angelo.

The conspirators – Larry Wade, Kayla Jean Williams, Christopher Duran-Gonzalez, and Denise Mirasola – were charged with numerous crimes in February 2020, including conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, forgery, and voter fraud.

Wade’s wife, Williams, was sentenced to nine months in prison after being convicted of two counts of tampering with government documents, four counts of unlawful possession of a ballot, and one count of organized election fraud. Duran-Gonzalez and Mirasola were sentenced to two and four years’ probation, respectively, after pleading guilty to organized election fraud and tampering with governmental records.

The conspirators targeted elderly and disabled, primarily Hispanic voters in West Texas, using down-ballot races and money to sway the local election in favor of their chosen candidates. The scheme included paying voters to cast ballots for certain candidates and collecting absentee ballots from voters who could not read or write English.

The four were found to have cast an estimated 400-500 illegal votes in the March 2020 primary, and Wade’s wife, Williams, was found to have personally submitted nearly 100 of those votes. The guilty verdicts send a clear message that voter fraud will not be tolerated.

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