In a glaring example of voter fraud, a mayoral candidate has been charged with running a scam to request absentee ballots in other voters’ names. The candidate Zul Mirza Mohammed, a Pakistani American, was arrested earlier this month in Carrollton, a city north of Dallas, Texas.
According to CBS Local, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged that the mayoral candidate forged at least 84 applications for mail-in ballots, and at the time of arrest was in the process of stuffing envelopes to request even more.
Authorities got whiff of the scheme when dozens of ballots were all tied back to the same post office box, which was supposedly tied to a nursing home, according to news reports.
But when the County Sheriff’s Office investigated, it found the box had been rented using a fake driver’s license and university student ID and people whose ballots were being sent to the box said they never made the requests, the Washington Times reported.
The sheriff’s department placed an undercover officer at the post office to watch the box, and said they discovered the culprit when someone came to collect the ballots. They followed the person, then obtained a warrant and found the ballots and the fake IDs, the Times report added.
They arrested Mohamed, a candidate for mayor in Carrollton, a city of about 140,000 people, north of Dallas.
He now faces 109 counts of fraud, including 25 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot and 84 counts of fraudulent use of a mail ballot application.
Mohamed, a Democrat, was challenging Kevin Falconer, the incumbent mayor and Republican Party member.
This incident came amid a national debate over voter fraud.
President Trump has said expanding vote-by-mail options, in which ballots are sent to voters, opens the door to fraud. Democrats maintained there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
Not surprisingly, the news report followed virulently racist comments on social media., especially on the Facebook page of Zul Mohamed. The Democratic Party also received huge flak for fielding such a candidate.
“Mohamed wants to be a Texas mayor! WHAT COUNTY DO WE LIVE IN!” is one of the many bigoted comments on Facebook.