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Starr County election contest denied by appeals court

August 29, 2018

The Starr County election contest was struck down again, this time by an appellate court, denying the hopefuls a new election.

The Fourth Court of Appeals issued a ruling early Wednesday morning in favor of Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Baldemar “Balde” Garza who were announced the winners of their respective races during the March Democratic Primary.

After first requesting a recount, Leticia “Letty” Garza Galvan and Martie Garcia Vela, who ran against the men for county judge and 229th district court judge, respectively, filed an election contest alleging fraudulent activity during the elections.

Among the claims were illegal assistance at polling places, rejection of valid mail-in ballots, the acceptance of invalid mail-in ballots and a failure to secure the ballot boxes.

Following a five-day trial, visiting Judge Joel Johnson ruled against Garza Galvan and Garcia Vela in May.

They subsequently filed the appeal later that month.

bereniceg@themonitor.com

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