Hidalgo County commissioners debate voting machine irregularities

Hidalgo County Pct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios

Alleged irregularities with voting machines were the first and only item on today's agenda for the Hidalgo County Commissioner's Court.

Commissioners went back and forth on the issue for over an hour.

The court is trying to determine if they should hire an independent forensic analyst to inspect the voting machines that may have been vulnerable to tampering.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios stated his concern about opening a "Pandora's box."

"It's already been filed to court with a district court overseeing this matter," Palacios said. "For us to prematurely hire a forensic specialist in thses machines unless there's a court order that's the appropriate methodolgy to follow."

Palacios said he believes there is no proof of voting machine tampering at this time.

"In the history of our county, if we've ever solicited or went out for services based on a letter or claim seek service use tax dollar resources for a complaint that has no basis or proof at this point in time," Palacios said.

Pct. 1 Commissioner AC Cuellar told Action 4 News that he does not believe the machines have been tampered with.

But Cuellar said he'd rather have law enforcement look into the allegations as it would be a criminal matter.

"Lets let law enforcement look at it," Cuellar said. "Out of the county someone from the state or federal to see if there is anything wrong with them."

Members of the court went back and forth on whether the county should hire and independent analyst for the machines.

But commissioners could not come to a decision and opted to seek the opinion of the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon was present that the meeting and stands by them saying they could not have been tampered with.

Ramon said there are just too many safeguards in place for the allegations to be true adding that would have to be a large-scale conspiracy.

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