Prankster Accused of Fraudulently Registering Celebrities Like Drake and 50 Cent to Vote in Texas

Several A-list rappers, including Drake and 50 Cent, became victims of identity theft when they were fraudulently registered to vote in Texas using the same address, in what state officials call an evident hoax.

Drake, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and The Game were all listed on applications using the same home address in Katy, a city west of Houston. Residents in the registered neighborhood reported no sightings of celebrities.

According to the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office, the males registered to vote on August 15, while Drake was performing in California, about 1,500 miles away – New York Post.

The same person completed all celebrity registration applications, yet none voted in last year’s elections, suggesting no voter fraud.

“These people are either committing high misdemeanors or felonies,” said Randall Erben, a legal professor at the University of Texas at Austin, in reference to the celebrities’ voter registration. “This is not fooling around.”

According to state law, only a spouse, parent, or child can act as an agent to complete voter registration papers on behalf of another. Therefore, it is unlikely that the same person could have legitimately submitted forms for five celebrities.

Federal law allows people to register to vote in Texas without a driver’s license, ID, or Social Security number if they supply their full legal names and birth dates, which are freely accessible online for celebrities.

The prankster utilized the five artists’ details and clicked a box saying they lacked a supplemental form of ID for each registration.

Providing a fake or falsified voter application form is a third-degree felony, whereas acting as someone else’s agent is a Class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors carry up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine. The person who filled out the forms signed the documents, which read: “I understand that providing false information to obtain a voter registration is perjury and a crime under state and federal law.” Conviction for this felony could result in up to a year in jail, a $4,000 fine, or both.

Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee emphasized the importance of voting rights, saying such matters should never be dismissed as a mere prank.

“Drake and 50 Cent did not do these voter registrations, and whoever did commit a crime,” the rapper added.

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