Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

The GOP finally busted an "illegal" voter - and she's a Republican

A Texas woman was sentenced to eight years in prison, after it was discovered that she voted in USA elections despite not being an American citizen.

The harsh sentence came down as part of an effort to show "how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure", according to a statement from state GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Having been sentenced to eight years in prison, Ortega will also likely face deportation from the USA after she serves her time.

My mom just used us to get stamps.

Despite no evidence to support his claims about millions of people committing voter fraud in the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump's administration continues to peddle the line. By law, only US citizens can vote, but Ortega's lawyer told The New York Times that she didn't know she was ineligible. Ortega voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and then - somewhat ironically - for Ken Paxton for Texas attorney general in a 2014 Republican primary runoff.

Ortega claims she didn't know she was breaking the law, according to Fox News. "But she can't vote, and she didn't know that". Birdsall added that "this country is so inflamed by this Donald Trump nonsense that they've turned her into a whipping boy".

And Fitton says Trump's idea of a federal voter fraud investigation - if done correctly - would be the most significant civil rights investigation in a generation.

Nationally, an inquiry by the Times to election officials in all 50 states found no evidence of mass fraud anywhere and only a handful of allegations, let alone prosecutions. Widespread voter fraud accusations have been debunked and yet Trump has repeated them last week while speaking with senators in New Hampshire.

She testified that at the time she voted she did not understand the differences between the rights granted to a citizen and a legal resident.

Ortega's attorney said the mother of four will undoubtedly be deported. Defense attorney Clark Bidsall said his client's case has been politicized and now Ortega has a hard road ahead even after her sentence.

"It's a single vote that she's casting" each time, Birdsall said.

A Texas woman was sentenced to eight years in jail for voter fraud. When she told them she had already been voting in Dallas County, that's when investigators started looking into her case. "And the point is if I knew, everything would've been the correct way". Birdsall recalled one case where a Houston-area group was sentenced to three years in prison after they listed a hotel as their residence in order to change the outcome of a local election.

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