Voting machines in western Hidalgo County were “either faulty or tampered with” to rig the Democratic Party primary runoff election, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. Bail bondsman Arnaldo Corpus — who challenged Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Place 2 Marcos Ochoa in the primary — filed the lawsuit. Ochoa won 54 percent of 6,625 ballots cast, defeating Corpus, according to results published by the Hidalgo County Elections Department. Corpus, though, claims the Elections Department count isn’t correct.
“As a result of such irregularities, the canvass does not reflect the true result. Upon trial of this contest, contestant will show that the Contestant is true winner of the election,” according to the lawsuit. “In the alternative, if the true outcome of the election cannot be determined, contestant requests that the election results be declared void, and that a new election be held.”
Rumors about rigged elections aren’t anything new in Hidalgo County. In 2014, the concerns prompted the Commissioners Court to request a forensic audit. The expert hired by the county didn’t find any evidence of tampering or fraud.