Texas Lieutenant Governor pays $ 25,000 reward for evidence of electoral fraud – but against Republican who tried to vote twice
Texas politician’s attempt to back former President Donald Trump’s post-election fraud 2020 lies with an offer of money for tips enriched a Pennsylvania Democratic poll worker by 25,000 $.
Last November, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced that his campaign committee would donate up to $ 1 million in rewards “to entice, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud.” , with a minimum payment of $ 25,000 to “anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction for electoral fraud,” anywhere.
Dan Patrick’s Texans on Thursday wrote a check for $ 25,000 to Eric Frank, a Democratic election worker in Chester County, Pennsylvania. According to Dallas Morning News, Mr. Frank earned the award because he informed authorities when a man from Willistown Township, Pa. – a registered Republican – illegally cast a second ballot on his son’s behalf last year.
Mr. Patrick’s tip announcement came on November 10, three days after most outlets called Pennsylvania – and the 2020 presidential election – for Joe Biden.
At that time, Mr Trump and many of his allies were scandalously claiming that the election he lost was marred by widespread fraud perpetrated by Democrats in the service of Mr Biden’s candidacy, and his lawyers filed the first of what would be 61 unsuccessful lawsuits. seeking to overturn election results in key states.
The Texas Republican moved all in on Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations. In a statement, Mr. Patrick said: “I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to ensure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified.” .
He called Mr. Trump’s research electoral fraud “not only essential in determining the outcome of this election” but “essential to maintaining our democracy and restoring confidence in future elections.”
While Mr. Patrick’s announcement was intended as a call to arms for Republican supporters, so far the only person claiming an award is Mr. Frank. He told the Morning news that he believed Mr. Patrick’s plan had not gone as planned.
“It is my belief that they were trying to get cases of Democrats committing electoral fraud. And that just wasn’t the case, ”Frank said. “That kind of blew up in their faces.”