President Donald Trump has warned against electoral fraud, threatening "maximum penalties" for anyone caught cheating at the polls.
"All levels of government and law enforcement are carefully monitoring FRAUD to the VOTER, even during the EARLY VOTE," Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday night.
& # 39; Deceive at your own risk. The offenders will be subject to the maximum penalties, both civil and criminal, "he continued.
Early voting has already begun in several key states, such as Nevada, where Trump spoke Saturday afternoon at a rally in Elko, concluding his barnstormer tour of the western states.
Trump warned against electoral fraud on Saturday, after concluding a tour of the western states
Trump's concern over electoral fraud echoes his comments after the 2016 election, when he stated without proof that millions of people had voted illegally.
The president met in the electoral fraud commission last year, but dissolved it in January, claiming that the states refused to provide the commissioners with the necessary data to proceed.
However, there were reports that the commission had found little evidence of the type of electoral fraud widespread by Trump.
However, there have been investigations and prosecutions of electoral fraud violations on a more limited scale in recent months.
In August, the US attorney's office. UU In Raleigh announced that 19 foreign citizens had been accused of registering to vote or vote illegally because they were not citizens of the United States. UU
More than half were indicted by a grand jury in Wilmington, according to a August 24 press release from the office of US attorney Bobby Higdon.
Trump is seen speaking in Nevada on Saturday, where early voting has already begun
Last month, a woman in Houston was ordered deported after pleading guilty to illegal voting in the 2016 election.
Laura Janeth Garza, 38, entered the country when she was a child.
He was about 12 years old, his lawyer said, when his mother and uncle told him to assume the identity of a cousin who was a citizen of the United States but had moved to Mexico.
The lawyer did not know how Garza voted, but said he offered to return to Mexico if the charges were dropped.
Last year, a jury in Fort Worth sentenced Mexican Rosa Maria Ortega to eight years in prison for illegally voting in a case that attracted widespread attention due to the severity of the punishment, since convictions for fraud often result in freedom conditional.
Ortega, who was accused of improperly casting a vote five times between 2005 and 2014, was a permanent resident of the United States. UU Whose lawyer wrongly said that she was eligible to vote. Ortega, who has four teenage children, is likely to face deportation when he gets out of jail.