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In Lawsuit, Dallas County DA Candidate Alleges Voter Fraud Cost Her Democratic Primary

Christopher Connelly
Elizabeth Frizell, a Democrat, stepped down as Dallas district court judge to run for the DA's office against fellow former judge John Creuzot (right).

A former Democratic contender for Dallas County district attorney has filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud cost her the win and that the primary race should be voided.

On Monday, Elizabeth Frizell filed a civil lawsuit in Dallas County against Democratic challenger John Creuzot, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson (who's running uncontested as a Republican), the elections administrator and the Dallas County Democratic Party chair, The Dallas Morning News reports. 

The suit says that "ineligible, illegal and fraudulent mail-in ballots were included in the total," in the March 6 primary election. Creuzot ultimately won by 589 votes.

The Dallas County district attorney's office is investigating possible fraud regarding more than 1,200 mail-in ballot applications for the 2018 elections. The applications from West Dallas, Grand Prairie and parts of the Oak Cliff area of Dallas are from the same areas where voter fraud was suspected in last year's municipal elections.

"Those applications generated 459 ballots that were reviewed by a county board that looks at provisional and questionable ballots," according to the Morning News. 

In the suit, Frizell alleges that the election tally was not accurate because of "ballots being rejected that should have counted for [Frizell] and ballots being accepted for [Creuzot] that should have been rejected," the Morning News reports.

Frizell last week said she had decided against asking for a recount. Instead she said she would turn her focus to making sure the “electoral process is fair and just for all voters.”

If the primary race is voided, it would trigger a special election. Otherwise, Creuzot will face off against Faith Johnson this fall.