Hill County primary election ballots to be recounted

Posted at 11:06 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 11:29:02-04

As counties across Central Texas get ready for election day, one is dealing with a voter recount order.

The Texas Office of the Attorney General is investigating the March 2016 Primary Elections in Hill County.

Investigators with the Attorney General's office are trying to figure out if there is any evidence of wrong doing in the ballots cast during the primary election in March.

According to an order by 66th District Court Judge Lee Harris, the recount will not change the outcome of the election and is “being made for an evidentiary fact finding purpose only.”

Back in August, a group called Direct Action Texas found that there were about 1,800 more votes cast than there were voters in Hill County. Those questions launched an investigation by the Attorney General's office.

Last month, the Attorney General's Office requested to impound the election records from the March primary. The Elections Administrator, Aaron Torres, was ordered to turn over all voting machines and anything else needed for the recount. Both paper and electronic ballots, the signature roster and any other records needed for a recount of the election have been seized by the A-G's office. The findings from this recount could be used as evidence. 

The recount is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, the day after the general election, at 10 a.m. It will be done in the open, and the public will be allowed to watch. All of the voting machines will be set up and the software from the March primary will be installed.

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