Elections, Immigration, Issues

This Mexican was convicted of illegally voting in five US elections

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Photo: Tarrant County Jail

Photo: Tarrant County Jail

A Mexican national has been sentenced to eight years in prison for voting in at least five U.S. elections in Texas.

Rosa Maria Ortega is a legal resident of the United States. However, she is not a citizen — and therefore it is illegal for her to vote:

Ortega was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of voter fraud after having falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and voting at least five times between 2012 and 2014. In addition to the  eight year prison sentence, she was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

However, Ortega claims her crime was an honest mistake. She didn’t know she was breaking the law — because she didn’t realize she wasn’t a U.S. citizen:

“My mom just used us to get stamps. She never gave us love or guidance. She got deported. All my life since I worked, I always on my knowledge thought I was a U.S. citizen because I never knew the difference of U.S. citizen and U.S. resident. And the point is if I knew, everything would’ve been the correct way.”

If Ortega really did make this mistake, how many other residents — both legal and illegal — have done the same? According to a study published in the Electoral Studies Journal in 2014, between 38,000 and 2.8 million votes were cast by “non-citizens” in the 2008 election.

Could voter fraud have actually cost Donald Trump the popular vote? It’s certainly a possibility.

  • marcus johannes

    l am absolutely positive that Donald Trump won the popular vote , In 2008 and in 2012 it actually took months to do the research and find out how much Voter Fraud the Democrats where guilty of ,But this time around it did not take long to learn that they did it again , Crooked Hitlery Rotten Clinton did not win the popular vote of that I am certain

  • BonLovesFreedom

    Sure, sure…had no clue not a citizen. Probably have a social security number, driver’s license, and free medical care. However, her votes still counted. Our federal voting must be checked – only those with proof of citizenship can vote. There ought to be a law in effect for all states that an illegal attempting to vote is deported within 10 days, straight out of jail – get on the bus/plane/train.

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