State officials investigating alleged irregularities with mail-in ballots in Gregg County

State officials investigating alleged irregularities with mail-in ballots in Gregg County
Published: May. 23, 2018 at 3:51 PM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2018 at 10:23 PM CDT
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Texas State Rep. Jay Dean speaks Wednesday, May 23 in Longview. (Source: KLTV)
Texas State Rep. Jay Dean speaks Wednesday, May 23 in Longview. (Source: KLTV)
Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt discusses an investigation into voting fraud. (Source: KLTV)
Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt discusses an investigation into voting fraud. (Source: KLTV)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Texas officials are investigating allegations of organized vote harvesting in Gregg County.

On Wednesday, county officials gathered on the steps of the Gregg County courthouse in downtown Longview to discuss a complaint filed concerning absentee voting.

Texas State Rep. Jay Dean, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt and Texas Sen. Bryan Hughes all spoke during the event.

Dean said there appear to be irregularities with mail-in ballot returns over several election cycles that originated in Commissioner Precinct 4. Dean said the issue stood out because of the volume in ballots requested for the reason of disability.

Hughes said the complaint was filed by a citizen last Friday with the Secretary of State's office. Both the Secretary of State and the Texas Attorney General's Office are investigating the claim.

"This investigation is about finding out if anyone broke the law and if so, holding them accountable," Hughes said.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also released a statement, saying:

"The Office of the Attorney General has received a complaint alleging organized vote harvesting in Gregg County. While our general policy is to not comment on any investigation in its early stages, we review election fraud complaints thoroughly, and where warranted, will investigate election offenses to the full extent of our resources. Election fraud undermines completely the integrity of the voting process and cannot be tolerated to any degree."

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