A medical board in Texas is being questioned about how to verify the integrity of the results of a November election after it was revealed that a ballot machine in a county in Texas was tampered with in a vote counting fiasco that has drawn widespread attention.
The state’s Office of the Medical Examiner is examining whether to open a case into whether a ballot was tamper-proof, a move that could prompt the board to suspend its election in Texas.
The incident has led to widespread calls for more accountability from elected officials across the state, which is still recovering from the 2011 assassination of Gov.
The medical board is conducting an investigation of the vote counting that led to the countywide election being suspended, said Michael DeNardo, an attorney for the Texas Commission on Elections.
“We’re looking into that now,” he told reporters Monday, adding that the board is still looking into the details of the incident.
“It’s not over yet.”
The Texas Medical Boards Association, which represents about 600 boards, said Monday it was not commenting on the case, which comes as the state is still working through a statewide recount.
But board member Julie Tannenbaum told the Associated Press that the medical board’s election-integrity unit has “a lot of work to do” to ensure that it has sufficient personnel to complete the process.
“They have a long way to go,” she said.
The Associated Press reported last week that a computer in the medical examiners office in Lubbock had been used in a tamper proof ballot count.
It said the vote tallying was “rigged” by the medical examiner’s office and that the results were altered after the election.
The AP found evidence that a voting machine was tamped with in the Lubbocks county clerk’s office in 2015, when the election was suspended.
The vote was later found to have been tampered.
That vote was then cast again and this time it was found that the tally was not tampered and that ballots had been counted correctly.
A board official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, told AP that the audit team was investigating the Laco election but was not able to share details about the audit.
A spokeswoman for the board told the AP that she could not comment on an ongoing investigation.
In the L.A. Times on Monday, board member Mark Smith said the medical election board is “in the process of reviewing its processes and procedures to ensure the integrity and security of the elections process.”
“The results of the election will be released at the appropriate time,” he said.
“The board’s role in the election is to verify and verify that elections are conducted in a fair, impartial and transparent manner.”
He added that he has not been contacted by the board’s investigators.
Tannensbaum said she has asked the medical office to “take every reasonable steps” to verify whether the vote count was accurate, but she declined to say what steps the board has taken.
The election board’s investigation is being led by Dr. Robert Litt, the chief medical examiner of Texas.
He told the Times that his office is conducting a preliminary investigation and is “still gathering information” about the incident, and he would not comment further on the incident until the board completes its investigation.
The Medical Board of Texas has said it has not yet received a formal complaint from anyone about the election-security system, which has been operating in L.C. for nearly 20 years.
The county election board said in a statement Monday that it had no immediate plans to suspend the election, and said it was “looking forward to reviewing and considering the findings of the audit.”
The AP’s report said that the Loma Linda, California, medical board has also suspended its election process.
A spokesman for L.L.M. County Clerk Paul Bostick said the county elections board is not aware of any issues with the LCA’s election process that have arisen from this incident.