Texas- A Grand Prairie woman has been charged with illegal voting after allegedly voting without meeting the minimum requirements. Namely, being a citizen of the country.
Rosa Maria Ortega, 35, applied to vote in the in Tarrant County, but her application was rejected based on the fact that she was not a United States citizen. Though she is legally allowed to reside in the country due to being married to a citizen, she has not gone through the immigration process.
Five months later, according to NBC out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Ortega applied to vote again, only this time she claimed that she was a citizen.
Investigators learned that although she had not voted in Tarrant County, she had voted a total of five times in neighboring Dallas County.
Illegal voting is a 2nd degree felony and is punishable by two to twenty years in prison.
Voter fraud has become a hot button issue recently because Republican lawmakers have been pushing to require identification to be present at the ballot box. Their argument has been that citizens need to show their identity to drive a car, purchase beer or cigarettes, or even to receive welfare benefits.
Democrats, however have said that the requirement to show identification at the voting booth is a disenfranchisement to the poor and minorities. Inexplicably, they seems to believe that it is impossible for a person to obtain a state identification card because of their net worth or their skin color.
Voter fraud became a large issue during the 2008 election cycle that saw Barack Obama become president when charges were laid against ACORN, an organization of community organizers. Several prominent leaders within ACORN’s Las Vegas branch were convicted of voter fraud.
James O’Keefe hammered home the problem of voter fraud when he posted a video that showed a man posing as Attorney General, Eric Holder. The man is seen walking into a poll location and saying,
The poll worker then marks the name in the book and attempted to hand a ballot to the individual making the video without proof of identification.
The video also shows Eric Holder himself claiming that there is no proof that voter fraud is happening in the US.
According to the Washington Post, non-citizens like Maria Ortega, who participated illegally in the election process, could have created enough of a presence to influence the election of Barack Obama’s in the first place. In light of that, it seems to make sense why the Democrats are fighting so hard to protect Sanctuary Cities in the US.
The Blaze reports that seventy five percent of Americans are in favor of voter identification laws and that eighty one percent of those polled see voter fraud as a problem.
However, the biggest setback to stricter voter identification laws is that in Barack Obama’s home town of Chicago, the city will no longer be able to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” on November fourth. If people are forced to show their id’s, what is to stop the dead from being disenfranchised?