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Recount in the future for Precinct 3 race for Polk County Commissioner
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

LIVINGSTON — After withstanding an election day that generated an average of two telephone calls a minute from voters with questions about where they were supposed to cast a ballot, County Tax Assessor Collector Bid Smith and his staff has also managed to resolve eligibility questions about 50 ballots cast Tuesday. “We had between 50 and 60 provisional ballots (total) that came from every precinct in the Democratic and Republican Primaries,” Smith said. They resolved eligibility questions about those ballots by about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

At least 15 of those ballots involved the tight race for Precinct 3 Commissioner and when the provisional ballots were counted each candidate received two additional votes. That leaves the unoffi cial results with Milton Purvis six votes ahead of Calvin Jones. Jones said he plans to seek a recount Monday, as soon as county offi cials determine the amount of the cash deposit that will be required. The candidate requesting the recount must pay the expenses for staff and equipment used, according to Texas law. County Clerk Barbara Middleton said a recount will take about eight hours to conduct. Smith said he was surprised by the number of paper ballots cased in the Tuesday’s primary.

“I thought we were well on our way to using electronic voting, but when voters were offered a choice between using the machine or the paper ballot, they chose paper,” Smith said. “The more paper ballots that are used, the more chance for error there is in counting,” Smith said. Polk County Democratic Chairman Sharon Teal there are still some questions remaining about how caucuses were conducted at two precincts. The Democratic County convention will be held at 10 a.m. March 29 at a location to be announced. Original plans were to hold the convention at the courthouse but if every delegate and alternate attends, that will be 400 people, according to Teal and they cannot be accommodated in the district courtroom.


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