Missing primary votes discovered; 182 ballots will be added to totals
Mar 26, 2010 | 2223 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two overlooked memory cards that contained the ballots of 182 voters were discovered on Thursday and will be added to the Bee County primary vote totals Monday.

Nine of the votes were from early voting and 173 were from Precinct 18.

There is a possibility, although officials say slim, that the votes could alter the outcome of the Precinct 2 county commissioner runoff election.

Currently there is a runoff election planned for this race because neither Susan Stasny, Dennis DeWitt nor former Beeville Mayor Kenneth Chesshir collected 51 percent of the total.

Republicans cast 299 votes during the March primary in Stasny’s favor and 290 for DeWitt. Chesshir drew 197 votes.

County Attorney Michael Knight, told candidates and party chairmen, all at the courthouse Friday morning, “It would appear all of the votes were not properly counted.

“I doubt it is enough to give anyone the magic 51 percent.

“I think it is going to be difficult for one candidate to gain all the votes because they were mixed Republicans and Democrats.”

“In the interest of accuracy and integrity we need to get them counted.”

Neither of the memory cards from the machines have been tampered with and are in the custody of the sheriff’s office where they will remain until Monday.

Knight, along with elections clerk Mirella Escamilla Davis, requested that Judge Janna Whatley order the votes counted.

Whatley agreed Friday morning and signed an order stating that this would occur at 8 a.m. Monday in the county clerk’s office.

Attorney Ronald Stasny, the husband of Susan Stasny, requested that the vote count occur Friday; however, the judge said that the law stipulates a 24-hour notice posting. As the county is normally closed on Saturday, the decision was made to wait until Monday for the count.
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March 26, 2010
Good catch Your Honor. Could it be that Atty. Stasny would have an interest in tainting the uncounted votes? Noooooo, unheard of…