Recent election fraud indictments come after numerous similar events around the country amid Democrats’ consistent claim that mail-in voting is free of serious fraud risks.

According to state attorneys general, local officials in Texas, New Jersey, and Mississippi have been charged with nearly 200 counts of election fraud in recent days.

According to a news release from the Texas state attorney general’s office, a judicial officer and three other people were arrested last month on 150 counts of election fraud.

Tomas Ramirez, a justice of the peace in Medina County, Texas, was arrested on Feb. 11 after a grand jury indicted him earlier that week. Ramirez is accused of organized election fraud and unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope on more than a dozen counts.

Arrested along with Ramirez were Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez, and Mary Balderrama. Illegal voting, election fraud, acting as an agent, and tampering with government documents are among the charges they face.

According to the attorney general’s office, the indictments revolve around charges of fraudulent vote harvesting at Texas nursing homes, which affected 2018 county races. Ramirez was elected as a justice of the peace but has since been removed from his position.

The New Jersey attorney general’s office reported that council members from Paterson city were indicted for alleged interference in a special election last May, less than a week after Texas announced the Medina election fraud arrests.

Alex Mendez and Michael Jackson, two council members, won their primary elections in May. They and two other campaign employees were charged with bribery just weeks after the election. In 2020, New Jersey voting was overwhelmingly conducted by mail-in ballot.

A state grand jury indicted Mendez and Jackson on election fraud, record tampering, fraud in casting mail-in votes, unauthorized possession of ballots, and falsifying records in late February. Mendez was also charged with falsifying voter registration.

After USPS inspectors uncovered hundreds of mail-in ballots crammed in mailboxes, the attorney general opened an investigation into Paterson City irregularities. The county elections board rejected over 800 Paterson ballots, and the race’s results were later ruled null by a New Jersey judge.

Late last week, a judge also declared a municipal election invalid in Mississippi. Judge Jeff Weill, who was named to the case by the state supreme court, ruled that 78 percent of absentee ballots cast in the Aberdeen, Mississippi June run-off election were unconstitutional. Despite the absence of signatures from election staff, 83 regular votes were still counted, he said.

Dallas Jones, a notary who signed off on problematic ballots and confessed to breaking election procedure, was given a bench warrant by Judge Weill. Jones was apprehended shortly after. She testified that while at a local official’s house in June, she corrected his father’s ballot paperwork and approved “about 30 something ballots.”

Judge Weill said election fraud in Aberdeen implicated the town’s police chief and former mayor, and one of the municipal council candidates. All of them broke voter intimidation and harassment rules.

Weill has demanded a new election, which took place last Tuesday.

Recent election fraud indictments in Mississippi, Texas, and New Jersey come on the heels of numerous similar events worldwide, amid Democrats’ arguments that mail-in voting, which is outlawed in most other developed countries, is free of serious fraud risks.

H.R.1, or the “For the People Act,” passed the House last week without a single Republican vote. It would force states to introduce compulsory mail-in voting and repeal voter ID requirements, among other things. The bill has been criticized by the attorneys general of Texas, Mississippi, and eighteen other states as it “takes a one-sided approach to governing and usurps states.”

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