On Wednesday night in Carrollton, Texas, a mayoral candidate was arrested for allegedly sending 84 mail-in ballot applications and is now facing several felony voter fraud charges.
Zul Mohamed was running for mayor of Carrollton but has now been charged with 25 counts of knowingly possessing a ballot with intent to defraud, a second-degree felony, and 84 counts of giving false information on a voting application, which counts as a third-degree felony
“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections," said Attorney General Ken Paxton. "My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud."
Investigators from the county and the state issued a search warrant for Mohamed's home and found 25 ballots. According to the sheriff's office, investigators became aware of a suspicious request for ballots to be sent to a P.O. Box in Lewisville, Texas, allegedly belonging to a nursing home facility. However, when investigators contacted those residents whose ballots had been requested, none of the individuals claimed to have applied for the ballots.
Police say after the box of requested ballots was picked up at the post office they searched Mohamed's house and allegedly found the box containing the ballots with several of them already opened.
Denton County Sheriff Tracey Murphree made a statement addressing the arrest, "Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated. The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling. We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of voter fraud."
Mohamed is currently being held in Denton County jail and if convicted faces up to 20 years in prison.