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McAllen, Pharr Oppose Handing Over Elections Duties To County

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The cities of McAllen and Pharr oppose a state law requiring cities to hand off election duties to their counties.

Valley Central reported Tuesday that the cities are suing the state over SB 1402 from 2009. State Senator Juan Hinojosa who sponsored the bill says it was intended to provide help to small cities that don’t have the resources the counties have to manage elections.

McAllen city attorney Issac Tawil says in their case, the city has invested “hundreds of thousands of dollars in acquiring very sophisticated voting equipment” and “in training our personnel on the use, and operation of that equipment.”

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