An Hidalgo County grand jury Thursday took a step toward investigating possible criminal tampering with voting machines in the recent Democratic primary, District Attorney Rene Guerra said. The grand jury signed an order to hire a forensic analyst to inspect the voting machines used during early voting in late February and Election Day on March 4. The order is “requesting that experts be hired to look at the machines and determine if they were properly functioning during the primary election,” Guerra said. “I think it’s necessary and I think we can do it real quick-like,” he added.
The grand jurors turned in the order to the Hidalgo County District Clerk’s Office, Guerra said, though a chief administrator in that office said she could not locate it just before 5 p.m. Thursday. The order will be given to 430th state District Court Judge Israel Ramon, who was unavailable Thursday afternoon.
Guerra hopes to meet with Ramon and 398th state District Court Judge Aida Salinas Flores on Friday morning to discuss whom the courts could hire, he said. Last week, Salinas Flores granted a request from Guerra’s office to impound the machines.