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A woman in South Texas pleaded guilty on Friday to a slew of felonies related to vote fraud.

According to a press release from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Port Lavaca resident Monica Mendez pleaded guilty to 26 felony charges including eight counts of election fraud, eight counts of unlawful possession of a mail-in ballot, seven counts of assisting a voter to submit a ballot by mail, and three counts of voting illegally.

The charges stem from a 2018 water board election in the small community of Bloomington, located around 130 miles south of Houston, according to the Victoria Advocate in Texas.

Officials began to suspect foul play when they discovered that 275 residents of the small town were registered to the same post office box. The address was linked to a housing nonprofit organization.

“Mendez ran a vote-harvesting operation on behalf of a subsidized housing corporation in order to influence the outcome of a utility board election,” said Paxton’s office in the press release.

“After Mendez entered a guilty plea on all 26 counts and confirmed in court that all counts could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, District Judge Eli Garza sentenced Mendez to five years’ deferred adjudication probation,” the press release continued. “The case was investigated and prosecuted by Attorney General Paxton’s Election Integrity team in cooperation with the Victoria County District Attorney’s Office.”

In addition, Mendez, 37, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and assessed fees and fines totaling $1,415 after she entered her guilty plea on June 8, the local outlet reported.

The outlet continued:

Victoria County Elections Administrator Margetta Hill said in June 2021 Mendez worked as a volunteer deputy registrar during the 2018 water board election in Bloomington.

As a volunteer deputy registrar, Mendez would have been responsible for helping residents register to vote, Hill said. After local officials were notified that the attorney general’s office was investigating Mendez’s conduct in 2018, Mendez’s registrar certification was not renewed.

“Once we get wind of something that’s not right, we have the right to revoke her certificate,” Hill said in 2021. “We didn’t renew it.”

The Victoria Advocate noted that illegal voting, which also includes voter impersonation as well as marking another person’s ballot without their permission, is a second-degree felony in Texas that carries a sentence between two and 20 years as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.

Attempting to vote illegally is a state jail felony punishable by up to 180 days to two years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.

“Unlawful voter assistance, which includes aiding voters ineligible to receive assistance, filling out a voter’s ballot in a way other than the way the voter directs, suggesting how the voter should vote while helping fill out their ballot or providing help to a voter who has not requested assistance, is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine,” the outlet continued.

Again, though, Mendez did not get any jail time whatsoever — merely community service and a deferred five-year probation sentence.

Democrats have been pouring resources into Texas in an attempt to turn the state blue, but they have been unable to do so thus far and may see a further setback this year.

Last week, Mayra Flores, the first Republican in 150 years, flipped a blue seat red in a traditionally deep blue border enclave of the Lone Star State that Biden won handily less than two years ago.

The Daily Wire added:

Flores beat Democrat Dan Sanchez in the special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Rep. Filemon Vela (D) who stepped down earlier this year to become a lobbyist as all signs pointed to a brutal upcoming midterm election season for Democrats.

MSNBC columnist Eric Michael Garcia sounded a panicked alarm regarding the election’s results, saying that Democrats should be extremely concerned.

“There is a political earthquake happening in Latino politics in South Texas and there is a reason I have been saying it will be voting like West Virginia,” he tweeted. “But like @SeanTrende , I expected this in two decades. #TX34. This should be a five alarm fire for Democrats.”

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