Ellis County, TX - Constable Tyron Davis pleaded guilty to six counts of voter fraud in exchange for no jail time on Friday, June 16, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Prosecutors Nicole Crain and Nicole Dempsey said that Davis helped residents of nursing homes in Waxahachie fill out requests for mail-in ballots, but didn't indicate on the ballot that he assisted them. All of the residents were reported to be mentally competent except one resident, who had Alzheimer's Disease.
Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said that, "It's still debatable whether the people at the nursing home knew what they were signing when Davis showed up." The DA's investigation began after officers with the agency that licenses police officers started looking into Davis' Facebook ad.
Davis, who is a Democrat, was elected to his position as Ellis County Constable after he was indicted in May, 2016. His convictions were for failing to comply with properly signing a voter application and two counts of false ID as a peace officer.
The two counts of false identification as a peace officer occurred from a Facebook ad where Davis posted a picture of his head on the body of an elected constable in Tarrant County, who was in uniform. He was not a constable at the time. The ad also appeared on a flier that was given to the nursing home residents. All of the convictions were for misdemeanors.
Court records show that Ellis County found 18 mail-in ballot applications and 15 voter registration applications that were similar. A box in section 11a was left blank in all 18 mail-in ballot applications; this box asks for the signature of a assistant or witness who helped a voter.
Davis agreed to resign his position, and give up his peace officer license after being convicted by the jury to avoid additional jail time. He could have received up to one year of active time in jail.