As Democrats and their allies in the media continue to push the assertion that voter fraud isn’t real, more and more information is coming to light that suggests otherwise.
As first reported by the right-leaning American Greatness, Project Veritas says it has uncovered what reports characterized as a ballot harvesting scheme in San Antonio, Texas — and the controversial watchdog group even managed to capture it all on camera.
“You can vote for whoever you want”
According to the group, an undercover reporter for Project Veritas managed to convince a woman named Raquel Rodriguez to let them follow her around as she collected ballots. According to American Greatness, the group reports that Rodriguez is “nominally a political consultant” for Mauro E. Garza, a Republican running for a House seat in Texas.
In video shared by Project Veritas, Rodriguez says she received a $2,500 gift budget from Garza and that she will deliver “at least 7,000 votes to the polls.”
At one point in the footage, Rodriguez can be seen pressuring a woman to change her ballot after it was already filled out. Speaking about the race between incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and his Democrat challenger, MJ Hegar, Rodriguez tells the woman:
You can vote for whoever you want, but our conversation that we had, you said you were voting for Hegar, ‘cause you were going straight Democrat. […] So that way you’re voting for the straight Dem — ‘cause that’s what you want to do, correct?
The woman then asks Rodriguez whether she can just “leave it like that.” At this point, Rodriguez showed the woman how to change her ballot — by crossing out Cornyn and initialing it — “so that way they know it was done accidentally,” Rodriguez explained.
Take a look at a clip of Project Veritas’ footage, first shared by American Greatness:
PV Journalist: “I guess @realDonaldTrump was right.”
Rodriguez: “About doing stuff illegal?”
PV Journalist: “Yeah, they all said he was full of sh*t.”
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 27, 2020
“A top priority”
Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, has since opened an investigation into the alleged voter fraud scheme.
“What’s shown in the video is shocking and should alarm all Texans who care about election integrity,” he said in a statement.
“My office is fiercely committed to ensuring that the voting process is secure and fair in all Texas elections — a process that this video unfortunately casts a shadow of doubt on,” Paxton continued. “We are aggressively investigating the serious allegations and potential crimes that Project Veritas’s documentary audio and video recordings shed light on today.”
The Texas AG added:
Election integrity has been a top priority of mine since I first took office in 2015. Anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice and penalized to the fullest extent of the law.