South Texas school board election results nixed

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Associated Press

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A judge has overturned the results of a South Texas school board election after finding that votes were illegally cast.

The Monitor of McAllen reports (http://bit.ly/W8fpwE ) visiting District Judge J. Manuel Bañales ruled the Hidalgo County Elections Department allowed some voters who aren't part of the school district to cast ballots in the November election.

Bañales says removing those illegal votes means that Hidalgo school district trustee Mentor Cantu, who had lost to challenger Norma Garza-Torres, is the winner of the school board seat in question. Cantu was sworn into office on Friday.

Friday's ruling doesn't settle the November school board election as two other losing candidates still have a pending election lawsuit. New elections could also be ordered for Cantu and the two other losing candidates.

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Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com

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