Elections can be contested
By 05/24/2007 00:00:00
Error in notice could allow candidates to challenge vote
ELLIS COUNTY - The recent mistake on the Notice of Consolidated Precinct can be contested by any candidate who believes the mistake caused them to lose because of the error according to Texas Secretary of State Spokesperson Scott Haywood.
'The losing candidate can file an election contest with the district court and have the district judge review the discrepancy,' said Haywood.
On May 12, many Red Oak citizens found themselves driving to multiple locations to vote for everything on the ballots which included schools, city and county items.
Some citizens were turned away from the city elections at the Red Oak Municipal center and sent to Ferris without being told they still needed to vote in the city elections there at the municipal center.
'A few other questionable things happened also,' said Red Oak citizen Chris Moses.
'Like there were a few voters in the Stainback area who are in the 105 pct. who got turned away and told they had to go to Ferris to do their voting.'
Precinct 105 was consolidated with precincts 106 and 143 which did in fact vote in Ferris at the Ferris Junior High School but in the Notice of Consolidated Precinct the address read Red Oak, Texas, not Ferris, Texas.
Jane Anderson, Ellis County administrator, agreed the mistake was overlooked and was posted by the elections office but was not sure what could be done about the error.
'In terms of penalties from the state,' said Haywood, 'there is none.'
Even though there are no penalties from the state the elections were so close it could have made a difference between the city and county voting.
Other voters complained to the city council on Monday, May 14 but many went away unsatisfied according to several citizens.
It was unknown at this time whether any of the candidates were planning on contesting the election but there was a run-off election scheduled for June 9 for two candidates for Place 2, Ben Goodwyn and Dawn Little.