Canseco campaign claim voting irregularities
Canseco: 'The race is not over'
SAN ANTONIO - The campaign manager for Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-23) said they have contacted the secretary of state to investigate possible incidents of voting irregularities in multiple counties regarding the race for the 23rd Congressional District.
Hours after former state Rep. Pete Gallego gave a victory speech in front of dozens of supporters at Don Pedro's restaurant on San Antonio's south side Tuesday night, his opponent, Canseco, wasn't ready to concede victory.
Campaign manager Scott Yeldell said they have contacted the secretary of state to investigate possible incidents of voting irregularities in multiple counties regarding the race for the 23rd Congressional District.
"There have been across-the-district voting irregularities in multiple counties that have cast serious doubt on this election and until all votes are counted and we have done a full investigation into what is going on out there across the district, this race isn't over," said Yeldell at Canseco's San Antonio office Wednesday morning.
Yeldell said they originally heard about alleged incidents soon after early voting began with people possibly voting multiple times in Maverick County.
"The secretary of state sent an investigations unit down there and we've been working down there to ensure the votes cast down there are properly and legally counted," said Yeldell.
Reached by phone, Maverick County Elections Administrator Teodoro Schmerber said no one from the secretary of state's office contacted him during the early voting period and he was not heard of any possible problems with the ballots.
He said Maverick County has just one polling location.
Yeldell added that there were reports in Zavala County of photocopying ballots on Election Day and that returns in Medina County may have been misreported on the state's website.
Medina County Elections Administrator Patricia Barton said her office hasn't received any calls from the secretary of state's office and said the numbers reported by the state match the totals they have.
"I think it's something they're going to look into no matter what. If it went the other way, they other guy would be looking into it," said John Rock, a Medina County voter.
"If you lost, you lost. That's just the way it is," added fellow Medina County voter Charlie Manis. "You should just leave it alone and quit trying to make up stuff and trying to dig it up."
Secretary of State spokesperson Rich Parsons wrote by email that a Canseco representative has been in contact with the state elections division regarding voting irregularity allegations.
However, he could not comment on possible formal complaints because they are potentially the basis for criminal investigations by the attorney general's office.
Gallego for Congress campaign manager Anthony Gutierrez released a statement responding to Canseco's claims that read: "Mr. Canseco is welcome to dispute the will of the voters, as well as simple math, but this election has been decided. "
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