Cuellar wins Texas recount suit
Former Secretary of State Henry Cuellar claimed another victory Tuesday in his race for Congress when a [Texas state court] judge ruled that after two months and two recounts, Cuellar is the Democratic nominee.
The battle moves to an appeals court, which will have the last word, in the next few weeks.
Judge Joe Hart decided that Cuellar's opponent, U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, had run out of time to build his case on allegations of illegal voting and ballot tampering. ...
During the second recount last week, document experts for both sides inspected about 10 percent of the ballots for fraud. The Rodriguez expert said he found 29 questionable ballots in Webb County. The Cuellar expert said she found none.
On Tuesday, Rodriguez's attorneys asked for more time, saying their expert had only inspected about 2,000 of nearly 20,000 ballots cast in Webb and Zapata counties.
Hart, a retired San Antonio judge, denied the request, saying they were only expected to investigate a "sample" of the ballots anyway. -- Judge rules Cuellar is Democratic nominee (Star Telegram)
I don't know Texas election law, so I don't understand the standard being used. However, there was a final margin of 58 for Cuellar. Finding 29 "questionable" ballots while checking 1/10 would probably yield 290 in the universe of all the ballots. Why did the judge not allow more time to check the rest of the ballots if Rodriguez had found that many he questioned? Did the judge hear any evidence about these 29 ballots? if anyone knows the answers, leave a comment.