For those of you who haven’t been following the story, current county commissioner Vince Perez is running for re-election in Precinct 3. An opponent by the name of Antonio “Tony” Quintanilla filed to run against him but, according to a petition filed by Commissioner Perez on December 29, 2015, Mr. Quintanilla “does not meet the requirements to run for Precinct 3 commissioner and that El Paso Democratic Party officials failed to remove Quintanilla’s name from the ballot.” The issue? Quintanilla was not registered to vote in the 3rd Precinct at least 6 months before filing and only changed his address eight days before the filing. Perez asked the County Democratic Party to remove Quintanilla from the ballot and they concluded that, although Quintanilla’s address was not in the 3rd Precinct, he had been registered to vote in El Paso for the required amount of time.
Well, yesterday an appeals court “An appeals court has ordered El Paso County Democratic Party officials to remove Antonio “Tony” Quintanilla’s name from the March 1 Democratic primary ballot because he was not a registered voter in the precinct for the time required by law.” (read the entire El Paso Times story here). It remains to be seen whether or not Quintanilla will try to appeal. As it stands now, the sitting Commissioners Court will remain in office. Is this good news or not?