Another close election in South Texas’ Rio Grande valley is overturned due to voter fraud:
On Monday evening, a judge ordered a new election to be held for Hidalgo City Council Place 5 following a mail-in ballot lawsuit filed by candidate Gilberto Perez.
The lawsuit claimed illegal assistance with mail-in ballots in the June 2016 runoff election. The lawsuit also claimed that non-residents and ineligible people cast ballots in the Place 5 race.
The seat is currently held by councilman Oziel Treviño. Perez lost the seat by just six votes in the runoff election.
Most of the approximately 30 witnesses testified that they received voting assistance they didn’t require from campaign workers who insisted they vote for the slate sponsored by city councilman Rudy Franz, Citizens Alliance for a Better Hidalgo, which included Treviño. One voter testified she was paid by a campaign worker to register others at her home who didn’t live in the city of Hidalgo.