State officials in Texas announced late on Friday afternoon that they had charged a social worker with 134 felony counts of election fraud and other related charges.
The state said in a statement that “Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his Election Fraud Unit assisted the Limestone County Sheriff and District Attorney in charging Kelly Reagan Brunner, a social worker in the Mexia State Supported Living Center (SSLC), with 134 felony counts of purportedly acting as an agent and of election fraud.”
The state added in the statement, “State Supported Living Centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brunner submitted voter registration applications for 67 residents without their signature or effective consent, while purporting to act as their agent.”
“Under Texas law, only a parent, spouse or child who is a qualified voter of the county may act as an agent in registering a person to vote, after being appointed to do so by that person,” the statement continued. “None of the SSLC patients gave effective consent to be registered, and a number of them have been declared totally mentally incapacitated by a court, thereby making them ineligible to vote in Texas.”
The state also noted in the statement that if Brunner is convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison for her offenses.
Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, praised the law enforcement officials who were involved in the investigation.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also released a statement, saying, “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.”