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Texas Election Code - ELEC § 276.013. Election Fraud

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(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally makes any effort to:

(1) influence the independent exercise of the vote of another in the presence of the ballot or during the voting process;

(2) cause a voter to become registered, a ballot to be obtained, or a vote to be cast under false pretenses;  or

(3) cause any intentionally misleading statement, representation, or information to be provided:

(A) to an election official;  or

(B) on an application for ballot by mail, carrier envelope, or any other official election-related form or document.

(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(c) An offense under this section is increased to the next higher category of offense if it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that:

(1) the defendant was previously convicted of an offense under this code;

(2) the offense involved a voter 65 years of age or older, and the actor was not:

(A) related to the voter within the second degree by affinity or the third degree by consanguinity, as determined under Subchapter B, Chapter 573, Government Code;  1  or

(B) physically living in the same dwelling as the voter at the time of the event;  or

(3) the defendant committed another offense under this section in the same election.

(d) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.

1  V.T.C.A., Government Code § 573.021 et seq.

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