Port Aransas residents demand investigation into alleged voter registration fraud
PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Several Port Aransas residents are concerned about a post circulating on social media regarding a popular vacation spot’s alleged attempt to encourage its residents to get at least one member of their household to vote in the county of Nueces.
In an email, Cinnamon Shores urged its residents to “consider having a family member register to vote in Port A.” They then moved on to explain their opposition to a proposed new public beach access road near the developmentand provided information on how to register to vote as well as registration deadlines.
“We would appreciate your support in helping elect officials whose vision for the city’s future aligns with ours,” the email reads.
“Asking people to move their residence to Cinnamon Shores for the purpose of possibly influencing the outcome of the mayoral election in May,” said Kevin Kieschnick, Nueces County Registrar of Electors. “It’s very infuriating because it steals from the people who actually live there, it’s steals their voice and how they choose to run their city.”
According to the Texas Secretary of State: A person commits an offense if he knowingly or intentionally makes efforts to cause a voter to register, obtain a ballot, or vote under false pretences.
“We’re fine with second home owners, but if you’re not a full-time resident and don’t live here, you don’t want that to dictate what happens in our local community,” says Charles Clark, longtime resident of Port Aransas.
KRIS 6 News has contacted the Cinnamon Shore team regarding the email. They declined an interview on camera, but said it was a misunderstanding and communicated this to their owners in a separate email, which states:
“Dear Cinnamon Shore owners,
We would like to clarify the intent of a recent email that was sent to owners regarding the upcoming elections in Port Aransas in May. The intent of the email was to encourage those who are legal residents of Port Aransas to vote. This communication was aimed at addressing the owners of the farm.
Also, to clarify, Cinnamon Shore has not endorsed any applicants, and we have not financially supported any applicants. If our previous email has created any confusion, we apologize.
We look forward to seeing you on the beach this spring.
The Cinnamon Shore team”
“If I were a Cinnamon Shore resident, I would think long and hard before changing my address to vote here due to potential or legal implications,” said Port Aransas resident Paul Wilhite.
Nueces County referred the matter to the Texas Secretary of State. He is currently under investigation by the Attorney General’s office.