District Attorney Rene Guerra filed an application Wednesday to impound Hidalgo County’s voting machines as well as election records for the March primaries after 12 candidates requested a forensic analysis of the machines.
“It has been brought to our attention that numerous inconsistencies and discrepancies have appeared in our analysis of each candidate’s races,” states a letter signed by 10 candidates.
It was signed by Paul M. Vazaldua Jr., who ran for justice of the peace, precinct 2, place 2, and received just 5 percent of the votes; Mari Regalado, who garnered 23 percent of the votes in the race for District 26 state representative; Marla Cuellar, who received 42 percent of the vote in the race for County-Court-at-Law No. 8; Reynoldo Ortiz, who lost the race for 92nd District Court Judge with 30 percent of the votes; Elvia Rios, another justice of the peace candidate, who lost with 8 percent of the votes; Juan R. Partida, who, in the race for 275th District Court Judge, garnered the most votes (49.52 percent) but not enough to avoid a runoff; Mauro Barreiro, who ran against Partida and received 22 percent of the votes; Homer Jasso, who received the most of the of the votes in the race for justice of the peace, precinct 4, place 2, but also failed to avoid a runoff; Eloy Treviño, who garnered 18 percent of the votes for justice of the peace, precinct 2, place 2.
Two other letters were sent in by justice of the peace candidates.
Guerra himself lost his position, garnering just 36 percent of the votes in the race for District Attorney.
“Criminal conduct may have occurred in connection with said election, therefore requiring impoundment of all election returns, voted ballots, signature roster and other election records and equipment for an investigation and ultimately a determination of whether or not criminal conduct occurred,” Guerra wrote in his application to the 398th District Court.”
He requested the election equipment and documents be held by the election administrator until the judge needed them for examination.
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