DALLAS ? Evidence of potential widespread voter fraud is beginning to mount in two Dallas County primary races.
News 8 first reported the allegations early last month. Now there is new evidence of a more orchestrated campaign by so-called "vote harvesters" allegedly tampering with mail-in ballots.
In question are the Dallas County Precinct 5 Constable and Justice of the Peace races. The primary concern surrounds the mail-in ballots cast in those races.
... Bob Carter of Oak Cliff said it has happened before at election time, and it happened again a few weeks ago. Mail-in ballots arrived in his mailbox in someone else's name.
The same thing happened to his neighbor next door.
Four mail-in ballots were received by the elections bureau from that address from four people who voted in the March primary.
Carter owns that house, and the people who voted don't live there.
"I know none of them," Carter said. "My grandson lives there; he, his wife and child, that's it. I've never heard of them."
A few blocks away, Urbano Zamarripa told News 8 two strangers collected his mail-in ballot and even filled it out him.
"I never wrote down anything," Zamarripa said. "They did everything. They filled it out and they took it."
... "This is fraud," said Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, place 1, Luis Sepulveda. "The biggest fraud I've ever seen in my life. It's unbelievable."
Sepulveda feels he lost his re-election bid because of mail-in ballot irregularities.
... And for anyone who may dismiss Sepulveda's zeal, they need only recall his days as an activist in West Dallas, taking on the federal government over housing discrimination and lead contamination.
He won then, and he says he will prevail now.
"I fought the lead case," Sepulveda said. "I'm going to fight this the same way."
Sepulveda has sued his opponent, Carlos Medrano, as well as the Dallas County Elections Administrator, alleging voter fraud.
Medrano's campaign manger denies the allegations and says his organization didn't help anyone with their ballots.
A judge will have to make that determination, and the Texas Attorney General's office has also been called in to investigate.