On Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety officers arrested the mayor of Edinburg, Richard Molina, and his wife, on charges of illegal voting. The mayor, who is a prominent public figure in one of the Valley’s largest cities, allegedly convinced some non-Edinburg residents to change their addresses to places they didn’t live in order to be eligible to vote for him in a 2017 election.
Michael Scott is a reporter and anchor for KRGV News in Weslaco who’s been investigating the case. He says someone tipped him off about the potential fraud, which led him to look more closely at public records to see if it was true.
“We noticed a lot of people were using the same addresses – to one particular property in Edinburg, which is a one-bedroom house,” Scott says. “Eleven of ‘em either changed their address, or they signed up to vote in a one-bedroom house, and all of them voted in the election.”
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– How the KRGV team found various sources to help describe Molina’s alleged election-fraud scheme
– How a small number of extra votes could have tipped the election in Molina’s favor
– How Molina’s political opponents are involved in investigating him
Written by Caroline Covington.