Elizabeth Findell of The Monitor covers the new lawsuit here, in which Letty Lopez, represented by Najvar Law Firm, challenges the election based on at least 24 apparent illegal votes by non-residents and at least 16 improperly rejected mail-in ballots. (Preliminary evidence thus shows at least 41 illegal ballots or ballots improperly rejected; this is more than double the current 16-vote margin of victory for incumbent Commissioner Lupe Rivera). The article includes this excerpt:
“Notably, of the 55 mail-in ballots rejected for all of Hidalgo County, 53 of these rejected ballots were from Weslaco,” the lawsuit says. “This improbable number, combined with the obvious illegal registration and voting by non-residents of the district, raise the specter of outright election fraud in this contest.”
Rivera could not be reached for comment immediately Tuesday afternoon, but was scheduled to be sworn in at the City Commission meeting Tuesday evening.
“Contesting an election is not a step to be taken lightly, but when I saw the evidence the decision was easy,” Lopez said in a news release sent out by her attorney, Jarad Najvar. “We have to stand up against any political machine that would try to perpetrate this fraud.”