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Ballot board member infected with COVID-19, prompting tests

A member on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Committee who tested positive for COVID-19 prompted the testing of the entire committee, according to county spokesman Carlos Sanchez. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issued the following statement Wednesday morning regarding the 2020 election. “The county recently learned that a member of the Hidalgo County balloting committee has tested positive for COVID-19,” Cortez said in the statement. “The balloting committee is a group made up of Democratic and Republican appointees who observe the electoral process for compliance with state election law. While they do have certain functions ahead of Election Day, the bulk of their work occurs beginning on Election Day and beyond.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Facing scrutiny, former county commish with felony conviction resigns from ballot board 

Former Hidalgo County commissioner Sylvia Handy, who served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to mishandling taxpayer money, abruptly resigned...

Felon’s designation to Hidalgo County ballot board draws concern

The Hidalgo County Democratic Party appointment of a convicted felon to serve on a committee handling mail-in ballots, though legal, has drawn concerns from members of both parties in the ongoing, contentious election. “I feel it’s an insult to the members of Hidalgo County,” Adrienne Peña-Garza, who sits as the chair of the opposing Republican party, said. Sylvia Handy is serving on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Board, a committee tasked with verifying and processing mail-in ballots. This year, the county sent out over 18,300 ballots by mail. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Jump in RGV mail-in ballots could delay Election Day tallying

More people are opting to cast their ballots by mail in the Rio Grande Valley this presidential election compared to the last one. An...

Legal aid group awarded grant to help tenants facing eviction

A South Texas organization providing free legal assistance announced they received a generous grant on Tuesday. It will help bolster services that provide lawyers...
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Residents impacted by COVID have until Dec. 30 to claim rental, mortgage help

Millions of dollars in aid for people affected by COVID and struggling with rent or mortgage payments will soon expire if not used. The...

Residents impacted by COVID have until Dec. 30 to claim rental, mortgage help

Tears flowed from Noemi Garcia’s face Tuesday night as she sat in her trailer home wondering where she and her four children would end...

3 accused in foiled international kidnapping, murder plot

Three men were arrested on Saturday and charged with planning an elaborate, yet messy, international scheme to kidnap, kill and dispossess a man of...