Texas Mayor Accused Of Trying To Rig Election

Kelli Wiese
April 25, 2019 - 1:58 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Investigators say Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina tried to rig his 2017 election.

He and his wife Dalia Molina appeared in court today facing felony charges that include illegal voting.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the mayor put together a strategy to have voters change their addresses so they could cast ballots for him. He says Molina's scheme involved paid campaign workers, among others. Molina won the election, unseating long-time Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia by 1,240 votes.

Texas Attorney General Spokesperson Marc Rylander says, "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, Voter apathy is caused by rigged elections with guaranteed outcomes. Our 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. No one is above the law."

Since last year, a total of 18 individuals have been arrested in connection with the Edinburg organized illegal voting scheme, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers.

Molina denies any wrongdoing.