10th arrest made in 2 days in Edinburg election probe

Update at 7:14 p.m.

EDINBURG — Another person was arrested early Friday in connection with the Texas Attorney General’s Office investigation into the 2017 Edinburg municipal election, the 10th person to be arrested over a two-day period.

Jose Ignacio Martinez, 22, was arrested on a second-degree illegal voting charge for allegedly voting in the city’s November 2017 election despite living outside city limits.

Martinez registered to vote using the 409 E. Fay St. address in Edinburg, according to his criminal complaint, but allegedly lives in the 8000 block of Iowa Road outside of Edinburg.

His girlfriend and three of her family members, who criminal complaints show are accused of doing the same thing, were among nine arrested Thursday. They live in Alamo, according to a range of public records investigators reviewed.

This brings the total number of accused in the AG’s voter fraud investigation to 15, with more arrests expected.

In a news release, the AG’s office described the fraud as “a coordinated effort by political workers to recruit people who agreed to fraudulently claim residential addresses so they could vote in specific city of Edinburg municipal race.”