A Robstown woman pled guilty today to voter fraud charges in the 2016 general election in Nueces County. Rosita Torres Flores and two other people from Robstown, Cynthia Kay Gonzalez and Robert Gonzalez were indicted on multiple voter fraud charges in March of 2018 by a San Patricio grand jury.
Flores was accused of obtaining an elderly victim’s mail-in ballot and using it to vote without the voter’s direction during the 2016 general election. Her guilty plea got her a sentence that includes a year and a half probation with a $1,000 fine and she must stay in jail for ten Saturdays starting in July.
Attorney General Paxton said in a press release earlier today that he was moving forward with prosecution on the three and thanked Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands for uncovering the election fraud cases.
Robert Gonzalez is charged with three counts of unlawfully divulging a vote, a third-degree felony. He was actually on the ballot as a candidate for the 2016 Robstown Municipal Utility Board runoff election. He was caught on video watching the secret ballot of another voter in a polling place then unlawfully telling others how that person voted.
Cynthia Kay Gonzalez is facing four counts of election fraud during the May 2016 Nueces County Democratic primary runoff election. One of the charges against her is illegal voting which carries a prison term of 2 to 20 years if convicted.
There is no word yet on whether the other two defendants pleaded out or if they will move forward with a trial.
Last month, Attorney General Paxton announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.