Local news station WOAI/KABB reported last month that a Republican Justice of the Peace in Texas was arrested on election fraud charges.
Medina County, Texas Justice of the Peace Tomas Ramirez was arrested Feb. 11 after a Bandera Grand Jury indicted him and three others two days prior.
Ramirez, a Republican, is facing one count of organized election fraud, one count of assisting voter voting ballot by mail and 17 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope.
The Bandera County Sheriff’s Office tells us all charges stem from an Attorney General investigation. We reached out to the AG’s office, but have not yet heard back.
A news release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said the charges were related to a 2018 primary election: “This case involved allegations of vote harvesting at assisted living centers in Medina County in the 2018 Medina County Primary Election.”
In a statement to local news station KENS 5, Ramirez denied any wrongdoing:
“I was stunned by the allegations because there is absolutely no truth to them. I have spent the last 27 years building my law practice and serving in this community which has created my reputation for fairness, sincerity and integrity. I entered the race for JP because I wanted to serve Medina County and make the office function better for its citizens. I feel I have done exactly that up to this point. For people who know me, these allegations are absurd. To those who don’t, it provides reason to sneer and hate.
“I will vigorously defend myself to the fullest extent and I fully expect to be vindicated.”
Ramirez reportedly has been suspended following his arrest.
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