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Mesquite woman lied about address to cast ballot for her uncle, JP Carlos Medrano: Voter fraud indictment
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011, 10:44AM CST
By Steve Miller
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A Mesquite woman has been indicted on one count of illegal voting in the March 2010 Dallas County justice of the peace contest. Her uncle was a candidate.


Raquel Medrano, 21, is accused of falsifying the address on her voter registration application by using that of a relative in the city of Dallas. The charge is a 3rd-degree felony and stems from her vote for Carlos Medrano in the Democratic primary last year. Medrano defeated incumbent Luis Sepulveda, who sued the county and Medrano after losing the election by 361 votes


The state Attorney General’s office has been conducting an investigation into the election. The office began its investigation at the behest of the secretary of state's office. According to the Dallas Morning News, writing last year:

In an April 20 letter, the secretary of state office's elections director, Ann McGeehan, asked the attorney general for help, citing evidence of nine possible crimes. They included illegal voting, obstructing a poll watcher, unlawfully assisting a voter and providing false information on a ballot application.

Sepulveda testified on Monday at a hearing of the state House Elections Committee on a number of bills regarding mail-in ballot fraud. He cited the race that cost him his office.


"There were 1,800 mail-in ballot applications in that race, and 964 came back,” Sepulveda said. “That means almost 800 applications disappeared."

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He said that vote harvesters, people paid by candidates or parties to get votes, worked the election and caused his defeat.

“I spoke to vote harvesters,” Sepulveda said. “They get $12 to $15 a ballot from who they work for. … The only thing to make them stop is to catch them.”


Raquel Medrano turned herself in to the Rockwall County Jail where she was booked and released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, the AG's office said.



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St Jakk
Tuesday, 03/29/2011 - 02:00PM

Prosecute this criminal to the fullest extent of the law. VOTES are SACRED in America. Many folks (better men than her uncle) have DIED to preserve the sanctity of our votes.

Mesquite Folk
Thursday, 09/08/2011 - 10:18PM

Raquel Medrano!! I cant believe it!! She went to Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School in Mesquite Texas and Horn High School!! I knew Raquel Medrano and her sister Veronica!! She also went to Hanby Elementary

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