A Mexican national pleaded guilty to voter impersonation and ineligible voting charges on Thursday and will be deported after serving 10 years in jail.
Laura Janeth Garza, 38, stole an American’s identity and illegally registered to vote in Harris County, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
Garza was also given probation for 10 years and charged with a $10,000 fine along with serving time in jail and deportation, a news release from the Texas Office of the Attorney General said Thursday.
She casted ballots under the name of Angie Yadira Zamora in 2004 and 2012, according to the Chronicle. She also voted in the 2016 presidential election.
In August, 19 foreign nationals were indicted for voting in North Carolina. One of the indicted individuals allegedly voted in 16 elections in a period of nearly two decades, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. (RELATED: Foreign Nationals Who Were Indicted For Illegally Voting Still On North Carolina’s Voter Rolls)
All but one of the 19 indicted voters registered to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles through the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA was an initiative to ease the voter registration process by having people register to voter at the DMVs, according to the Department of Justice.
Public Interest Legal Foundation wrote in its study, “Safe Spaces,” that the NVRA made it easier for anybody to register to vote because there was no verification process in place.
Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs introduced a bill on Sept. 6 that would require people nationwide to show proof of citizenship, like a valid U.S. passport or birth certificate, when registering to vote.
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