District Judge Nelva Gonzales-Ramos has ordered a new election must be held in the Jim Wells County Commissioner Precinct 3 race and the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 race, finding there was enough evidence of fraud to overturn the results of the March 4 primary.
In the County Commissioner Precinct 3 race, J.C. Perez III defeated incumbent Oswald Alanis by two votes, but Alanis contested the election alleging several voters were prevented from voting for him.
Testimony in the commissionerís race contest centered on several individuals who claim they were denied their right to vote for Alanis when they were placed in a different precinct without their knowledge.
In the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 race, Guadalupe Martinez defeated Juan Rodriguez Jr. by nine votes, and Rodriguez later contested the election alleging fraud.
Testimony in the justice of the peace election contest centered on mail-in ballots that attorneys for Rodriguez argued were submitted illegally.