An election contest from losing candidates of the Hidalgo City Council election will end quietly after investigators found no evidence of abuse in county voting machines, a plaintiff said this week. The contest, from former mayoral candidate Guillermo Ramirez and council contenders Guillermo Cienfuegos Jr. and Mario Degollado, centered around the same argument as contests filed in the Hidalgo County Democratic primaries — that someone had tampered with voting machines.
The city’s election used the same voting machines as those questioned in the primary races. Ultimately, an $110,000 audit of the machines revealed no irregularities in them and the primary candidates questioning them dropped their election challenges earlier this week.
“I’m satisfied with the report and it showed the integrity of the election was well in place,” Ramirez said Friday. “We have nothing left to fight about.”