The El Paso Times is reporting that the Attorney General’s office is investigating former Rep. Chente Quintanilla (D-Tornillo) and El Paso Co. Justice of the Peace Nina Serna for alleged voter fraud. The complaint revolves around mailed absentee ballots in the primary runoff election, in which Serna defeated former Justice of the Peace Rosalie Dominguez by 63 votes.
Specifically, the investigation concerns allegations that “several individuals unlawfully assisted voters, possessed carrier envelopes without providing information required by law, and coerced voters to vote for a particular candidate by threatening retaliation in court,” according to a report obtained by the Times.
Quintanilla said he was unaware of the AG’s investigation but is aware of a civil suit Dominguez filed against him, Serna and others. Quintanilla is challenging Rep. Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint) in the Democratic primary.
The Times’ story can be accessed online here.