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Travis County Judge To Decide If McAllen, Pharr Can Retain Election Control

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A Travis County judge will decide if the cities of McAllen and Pharr can retain control of their local elections or if Hidalgo County must do so for them. The judge heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a state code regarding election control.

Lawyers for the two cities claim the 2009 law specifically targeted Hidalgo County because of its narrow specifications, making it unconstitutional. Both cities have received valid petitions that would force them to turn over control of this year’s municipal elections to the county.

The judge said she would take the arguments under consideration and issue a ruling soon.

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