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03/26/08 - Houston

Texas Primary Voter Fraud Alleged In Several Counties

Prosecutors are investigating allegations that hundreds of Harris County voter s may have cast ballots illegally in the March 4th primaries.

Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman has presented the DA's office with a list of 1,147 names of people who may have voted in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Some may or voted twice in the same primary.

Texas law forbids people from voting twice in an election, or participating in both the Republican and Democratic primaries during the same election cycle.

The county clerk says 389 people may have voted illegally by voting in person during the early voting period -- and also on election day. Of those, 378 occurred in the Democratic primary and seven in the Republican primary.

In addition, 758 voters may have participated in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Voter fraud has already been alleged in Jim Wells County, Texas, earlier this week, with officials formally complaining to the state attorney general. That voter fraud case comes over a tight race for District Attorney in that county, with the incumbent, Joe Frank Garza, losing his bid for a fifth term by less than 350 votes.

He says most of the complaints have been around mail-in ballots.

Garza says about 2,300 mail-in ballots were sent out, and only 1,500 were returned. He says many people who showed up to vote in person were told they'd already voted by mail.

Garza said he wouldn't contest the election but told Attorney General Greg Abbott that he has received a lot of complaints about voter fraud.

That county's election administrator, Pearlie Valadez, also expressed concern to the AG's office.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

Information courtesy of the Associated Press.

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