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Lost ballots found, tallied
by Gary Kent
Apr 25, 2014 | 142 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The staff at County Clerk Mirella Escamilla-Davis’ office completed counting the votes in a previously undiscovered ballot box Tuesday.

Davis said the counted votes did not change any of the outcomes of the March 4 Democratic and Republican primary elections.

Davis said the ballots were all cast during early voting on electronic equipment.

No one had missed the ballots until last Wednesday, April 16, when Davis was checking on some of the electronic equipment that had been used during the early voting for the primaries.

She discovered the box that had not been counted.

“I brought it to the county attorney’s attention,” Davis said. The following day, on Thursday, April 17, County Attorney Mike Knight had the box taken before District Judge Joel Johnson to have him render a ruling on what should be done.

Johnson signed an order allowing the box to be opened and the ballots counted, Davis said.

That was done Tuesday in Davis’ office.

“Seventy-one ballots were cast,” Davis said. Of those, 44 were cast for Republican candidates and the remaining 27 were cast for Democrats.

Davis said she had copies of the results printed up to be distributed to the chairpersons of both parties.

No further action was expected.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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