A 2018 candidate for Bakersfield City Council is facing voter fraud charges.
On Tuesday, the District Attorney's office announced that t hree people had been arrested on those charges , including Gilberto De La Torre, a candidate for the Ward 1 seat currently occupied by Willie Rivera.
De La Torre on Thursday told 23ABC News he has yet to be charged with anything and isn't sure if the allegations are related to his 2016 mayoral bid or this year's race for city council.
"I was interviewed by detectives in June 2017 for voter fraud from the 2016 mayor race," De La Torre told 23ABC by phone. "I answered all of their questions and they said they would contact me if they had any other questions. I haven't heard from them since."
- "(a) Not being entitled to vote at an election, fraudulently votes or fraudulently attempts to vote at that election"
- "(b) Being entitled to vote at an election, votes more than once, attempts to vote more than once, or knowingly hands in two or more ballots folded together at that election"
Kern County Superior Court shows De La Torre is charged with the (b) section of that code. John Byrne is also being charged with the same section, while Fernando Osorio is being charged with the (a) section.