A social worker in Austin, Texas has been charged with multiple counts of election fraud.
Kelly Reagan Brunner, who works in the Mexia State Supported Living Center as a social worker, was charged with 134 counts of election fraud by the Texas Attorney General’s Office Election Fraud Unit.
If convicted, Brunner could receive up to ten years in prison.
Brunner, whose duties involve assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reportedly submitted voter registration applications for 67 residents without their consent or signature. She claimed that she was acting as an agent for the residents.
According to information provided by the Attorney General’s Office, none of the residents that Brunner submitted voter registration forms for had the ability to consent to it. Many of them had been declared mentally incapacitated in court, making them ineligible to vote in Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said:
“I strongly commend the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Elections Office, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General for their outstanding work on this case and their commitment to ensuring a free and fair Presidential election in the face of unprecedented voter fraud.
“Registering citizens to vote or to obtain mail in ballots without their consent is illegal. It is particularly offensive when individuals purport to be champions for disability rights, when in reality they are abusing our most vulnerable citizens in order to gain access to their ballots and amplify their own political voice.
My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious form of fraud.”
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott also spoke about the fraud on Twitter. “Election fraud is real. In Texas, we investigate and prosecute it. Today a Limestone County social worker was charged with 134 felony counts involving election fraud. All states must take election fraud seriously to ensure confidence in elections,” Abbott tweeted.
Election fraud is real.
In Texas, we investigate and prosecute it.
Today a Limestone County social worker was charged with 134 felony counts involving election fraud.
All states must take election fraud seriously to ensure confidence in elections.https://t.co/NpeQodIyDi
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 6, 2020