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Considering Voter Fraud Allegations, Judge Orders New Election in South Texas

Voters will be headed back to the polls to vote in another Democratic primary runoff in Kleberg County, Texas.

According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, a judge has ordered a new Democratic primary runoff for one race in Kleberg County due to concerns of voter fraud. The newspaper reported that Judge Joel Johnson ordered a re-do of the election, after Ofelia "Ofie" Gutierrez filed a lawsuit against Esequiel "Cheque" De La Paz. Gutierrez lost the primary for Justice of the Peace in the county to the incumbent, De La Paz, by six votes, but it was argued that some of the votes in the race may not have been cast by those living within the district.

Judge Johnson dismissed seven votes in the race, which were deemed ineligible to be counted. However, according to the Texas Scorecard, the Judge was unable to declare a winner, as it would be impossible to determine who benefited from the seven dismissed ballots.

A re-do of the election is expected to be held at a later date.

Photo by KSUT

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