District 2 race to be investigated by Texas Attorney General’s Office

Webb and Zapata County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss possible penalties for those accused of voter fraud
Published: Feb. 14, 2023 at 12:15 PM CST
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - The Webb and Zapata County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz is speaking out about the potential consequences of the 15 people who allegedly voted illegally in the race for City Council District Two.

Alaniz made it clear that this latest development should send a message to those thinking of committing voter fraud to be prepared for the consequences.

According to the Voter Integrity Act of 2021, it’s a crime to vote in a district you do not live in or vote using a previous address.

After receiving a complaint of alleged voter fraud, Alaniz said he determined an investigation was necessary but not by his office but by the Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton whose office of election integrity is tasked with investigating and prosecuting allegations of voter fraud.

An investigation that Alaniz said he has recused himself from.

“The advantage of bringing in the attorney general’s office is that it helps minimize any allegations of favoritism or that it’s an unfair investigation,” said Alaniz. “These people are impartial, will come down here and look at the evidence, so interview people, look at the documents, and see if in fact there are any crimes.”

Alaniz stated that of the 15 alleged illegal voters, the individuals who concern him the most are the four Laredo Police Officers who took an oath to uphold the law and are therefore held to a higher standard.

An order appointing an assistant attorney general was ordered on Tuesday by 341st District Court Judge Becky Palomo.

Lawyers and investigators with the attorney general’s office will now travel down to Webb County to begin reviewing the evidence, and to interview people.

No time frame has been given as to when the investigation will begin or how long it will take.

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