Contested Texas election void due to voter fraud, appeals court affirms

“What this whole election contest has been about — doing the right thing”

 

In South Texas as elsewhere, voter fraud happens, and it changes the outcome of elections. In this city of Weslaco contest, an appeals court affirmed that voters deserve another chance to make a choice free of fraud that marred the original election:

 

The 13th Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a ruling voiding the November 2013 election, in which Commissioner Lupe Rivera was victorious over challenger Letty Lopez by just 16 votes, and calling for a new election…

 

Lopez contested the election due to what she and her attorney believed were the inclusion of votes cast illegally. Murray’s ruling required the city to hold another election after it was discovered that about 30 votes were indeed illegally cast…

 

At the center of the legal wrangling were [Texas Democratic Party chairman] Gilberto Hinojosa, who’s representing Rivera, and Lopez’s attorney, Jerad Najvar, long-contending the validity of the votes cast in said election… Specifically, Najvar questioned votes that were cast by people who claimed residency inside District 5, of which Commissioner Rivera serves, but didn’t actually live there. Najvar also claimed that mail-in ballots were cast with improper help.