Ken Paxton

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Attorney General Abbott Obtains Felony Indictment Against Corpus Christi Woman For Voter Fraud

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced his administration’s first felony indictment for voter fraud. In this case, the Attorney General alleged a Nueces County woman marked ballots for other voters during early voting for the March 2006 Democratic primary.

A county grand jury today indicted Maria Dora Flores, 65, on two counts of illegal voting, a third-degree felony that could result in from two to 10 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. The indictments allege she voted for others without their consent.

Those who perpetrate voter fraud are victimizing and intimidating the elderly, said Attorney General Abbott. This violates the law and is simply another form of elder abuse.

The indictment applies to violations of Chapter 64 of the Texas Election Code, which prohibits marking a ballot for another person without their consent. Assistant Attorney General Lance Kutnick presented the case to the grand jury.

The Attorney General’s investigation alleges Flores escorted voters into polling sites and illegally marked ballots for them.

The indictment marks the first felony indictment and follows nearly a dozen misdemeanor indictments entered since last summer.

In February, a Texarkana City Council member and two other women were indicted for illegally handling the mail-in ballots for seniors and other voters during the November 2004 general elections. A month earlier, the mother of a March 2004 primary candidate for Reeves County sheriff and another woman were indicted on similar charges.