Last Thursday, June 12, the district court announced in open court that Letty Lopez had met her burden and proved by clear and convincing evidence that there were more illegal votes cast in last November’s Weslaco Commission District 5 race than the margin of victory. The judge announced that a new election must be held “as soon as possible,” although no date has been set yet. Below are two news stories covering the ruling. Stay tuned for details, as the judgment should be signed soon and we will find out what happens next. I will also lay out the basis for the court’s ruling in more detail after the judgment is signed. This is an important victory against illegal campaign tactics commonly used by some candidates in the Valley. (Disclosure: Najvar Law Firm, the sponsor of this blog, represents the successful contestant, Letty Lopez.)
“Judge orders new election in Weslaco District 5” (The Monitor)
KRGV video report
Najvar Law Firm sent this open letter to the Valley View ISD Board of Trustees (Pharr, TX) Friday. With municipal elections for the City of Hidalgo approaching May 10, the letter points out the criminal and civil provisions protecting public employees from attempts by their employers to coerce votes, and requests that the school distribute the letter to all its employees.
See this recent video report by KRGV discussing the type of voter intimidation that occurs in parts of the Rio Grande Valley.
The latest from The Monitor and
KGBT Channel 4
One would think there would be much more statewide coverage of the very intersting, and troubling, political corruption and voter fraud issues so prevalent in South Texas elections. Some previous coverage of the role of “politiqueras” and voter assistance fraud was pointed out to me today:
“Politiqueras a fixture in Rio Grande Valley elections,” San Antonio Express-News (5/25/12)
“Voter turnout efforts clash with history in South Texas,” Texas Tribune (10/10/12)
HT to Rep. Aaron Pena for pointing these out. He’s quoted in the Express-News piece as saying that “voter assistance abuse is the voter fraud of choice.”
See this post from January 24 at El Rrun Rrun.