There is still local fallout from the November general election. Nueces County officials are investigating multiple claims of voter fraud.
The Sheriff's Office confirms that its investigation is still in the early stages. No specific details were given about the fraud allegations.
There is at least one issue that was reported on election night. KRIS 6 News spoke to Kitt Richardson at La Retama Library. She visited the voting center there, after she was told by an elections official that a ballot was cast there under her name.
Richardson said at the time, "I went to Grant Middle School. I wasn't allowed to vote because they said I already had voted. My vote does not count this time around. I don't get to be a part of history."
It now appears Richardson may not have been the only one. According to the Nueces County Sheriff's Office, the probe into voting irregularities started soon after the election when the County Clerk's Office reached out to law enforcement.
Following up with Richardson, she now says she feels better knowing that an investigation is underway. However, she says she still has lingering concerns that have nothing to do with the county efforts. Rather, she is frustrated with the state's voter ID requirements.
"The identification is lax and I think that that presents a problem," Richardson explains. "Anybody can come take my electric bill out of my mailbox and go vote for me. They don't have to have a picture, and I don't think that that's going to do much to stop it."
The Sheriff's Office tells us it's still too early to say whether any state agencies will get involved in this investigation.
Meanwhile, we are also waiting to hear back from the County Clerk's Office with any more details about these voter fraud allegations. Stay tuned to KRIS 6 News for continuing coverage on this story.
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