Starr Co. DA's Office Investigating Possible Election Fraud

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RIO GRANDE CITY – The Starr County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the possibility of election fraud.

District Attorney Omar Escobar says they are examining the county voter rolls.

They are looking for undocumented voters, voters under felony supervision and voters who may not qualify to receive a mail-in ballot, specifically voters who requested a mail-in ballot due to disabilities.

The investigation follows a newly enacted bill by the state, Senate Bill 5, which went into full effect on Jan. 1. 

The law states anyone who provides false information to qualify for a mail-in ballot as a disabled voter can be sent to jail.

The DA’s office is looking to verify information of those registered as disabled who receive the mail-in ballots.

Escobar says he found the Elections Administration’s Office had concerns about indiscrepancies following a lawsuit pointing to inflated voter rolls in 2016.

That escalated to the ongoing investigation. 

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