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Ballot Confusion Affects Hidalgo Election

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Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:40 PM

Updated: Nov 15, 2012 4:55 PM

EDINBURG - A mix-up at the Hidalgo County Elections Department impacted the outcome of one race, officials said.

Hidalgo County election officials said dozens of voters received the wrong ballots in the recent election. An erroneous map led to the confusion, officials said.

"Since this is Military, Old Military, and this is Military, the person who created this file for us said Military, not realizing that there are two Military roads," Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said.

Sixty one people from Mission voted in the Hidalgo school board election, Ramon said.

Mentor Cantu lost the election. His lawyer, Ricardo Rodriguez, said that without the erroneous ballots, Cantu wins by eight votes.

"I think we expect that when we vote, that our vote counts and in this situation it's unfortunate that a precinct was included in these elections," the attorney said.

Election officials are trying to determine why the wrong map was used.

"We are as good as the information given to us," Ramon said.

The school board election wasn't the only election affected, she said.

The county plans to canvas the Hidalgo school board election today. Cantu plans to contest the election.

A judge could keep the results the way they are, or throw out the improper votes and declare Cantu the winner, or require a new election.

Topics: yvonne ramon, election, hidalgo county, mentor cantu

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