Friday, March 17, 2006

Election Investigation

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott puts the 2004 Hidalgo County Democratic primary under the microscope.

The AG's office wants mail-in ballots from the election of two years ago, KGBT Channel 4 reports. The station has a copy of the attorney general's memo requesting the documents.
According to the memo, the AG's office received "allegations of improprieties with an unknown number of absentee mail-in ballots in that election."
Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Teresa Navarro tells the TV station Abbott's looking into 11 other counties' elections as well.

I'm thrilled to see the AG investigate voter fraud at the county level. If only he would scrutinize city and school board elections as well. Maybe someday ...

In case you forgot, here are some election results of note from the 2004 Dem primary:
  • Challenger Mando Martinez dropped incumbent Weslaco state Rep. Miguel Wise.
  • McAllen state Rep. Roberto Gutierrez ended up in a runoff against Veronica Gonzalez.
  • Edinburg state Rep. Aaron Peña held off challenger Eddie Saenz.
  • Buddy de la Rosa and Juan Maldonado made it past the first round to vie for Hidalgo County Democratic Party chairman.
  • Lupe Treviño booted Henry Escalon from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.


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