A Limestone County Social worker will be charged with 134 counts of voter fraud, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announced Friday.
Kelly Reagan Brunner allegedly submitted voter registration applications for 67 residents of Mexia State Supported Living Center without their signatures.
If convicted, Brunner could face up to 10 years in prison.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a release, “I strongly commend the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Elections Office, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General for their outstanding work on this case and their commitment to ensuring a free and fair Presidential election in the face of unprecedented voter fraud.”
“Registering citizens to vote or to obtain mail ballots without their consent is illegal. It is particularly offensive when individuals purport to be champions for disability rights, when in reality they are abusing our most vulnerable citizens in order to gain access to their ballots and amplify their own political voice,” he concluded.
Brunner acted on behalf of the residents as their “agent,” but under state code, only a relative can serve in that role for an elderly or disabled voter.
Some of the individuals involved, according to the OAG, are declared “totally mentally incapacitated” which disqualifies them from registering to vote.
As of June, the OAG has successfully prosecuted 457 counts of voter fraud since the office’s Election Fraud Unit was founded in 2004.
A few months ago, a Gregg County Commissioner and his conspirators were indicted on 134 counts of fraud during his 2018 Democratic primary campaign — which he won by five votes.
In October, a Carrollton mayoral candidate was arrested on 109 counts of voter fraud.
The issue has become a flashpoint this year as expansions of mail-ballot operations occurred due to coronavirus.
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