The Texas Attorney General's Office is investigating voter fraud allegations in Robstown. This comes after 6 Investigates aired a story in March about a utility board candidate talking to voters waiting in line and helping some cast their ballots.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
The Texas Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into allegations of voter fraud in Robstown.
The state investigation began after Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands filed a complaint about possible electioneering and illegal voter assistance during a Dec. 20th runoff election for a seat on the Robstown Utility Board. Voter complaints about the election are what prompted Sands to file a complaint with the Texas Secretary of State, she said.
“They're scared to report it,” Sands said. “It took a while for me to build relationships so that they would come to me.”
That complaint has been sent to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for an investigation, Sands said. The county clerk’s office will provide any records needed for the investigation, she added.
Surveillance footage obtained earlier this year by 6 Investigates shows utility board candidate Robert Gonzalez interacting with voters.
The footage is from a surveillance camera in the lobby of Robstown City Hall, which was a voting site on Dec. 20th. Gonzalez is seen walking voters into the voting booth and approaching voters who are waiting in line to cast a ballot.
Back in March, 6 Investigates contacted Sands about the footage since she’s in charge of overseeing elections in Nueces County.
"I would call that loitering and electioneering – absolutely,” said Sands, about a portion of the video that shows Gonzalez mingling with voters waiting in line to vote.
Gonzalez helped 19 people vote in the runoff election, according to the county’s voter assistance records.
Voter assistance is allowed, but only if certain criteria are met.
Gonzalez, won the runoff election by 70 votes, has denied any wrong doing.
"The Secretary of State and Kara Sands office verified that I was taking the proper actions by swearing in and that it was legal practice by not only myself by many candidates before me," Gonzalez wrote in a statement sent late this afternoon.
This is the third voter fraud investigation in Nueces County by the Texas Attorney General's Office.The two others involve mail-in ballots for the primary, general and runoff 2016 elections. The Texas Attorney General’s office has not responded to requests for comment.