Most want probe into voting issues
What should the county do in response to those 1816 uncounted ballots?
The San Marcos Daily Record’s latest poll asked its readers their opinion on what the county should do in response to the 1,816 ballots that were lost in November’s election. Those missing votes could have changed the outcome of the Anthem MUD election, and cannot be counted because the ballots have already been canvassed.
The poll received 318 votes, divided into four options: “Request an independent investigation into what happened and how it can be prevented;” “Ask the Legislature to amend state law so the votes can be counted;” “Have a public hearing where concerned residents can have their questions answered” and “Mistakes happen, just make sure the problems don’t happen again.”
Requesting an independent investigation received 47 percent of the votes (151). Asking the Legislature to amend state law and requesting a public both took 22 percent (66 each).
Eleven percent (35 votes) went with “Mistakes happen.”
Many residents expressed concern over the lost votes, which were the result of a misplaced Mobile Ballot Box (MBB) at the Hays County Government Center during early voting. Hays County Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson, whose appointment became effective Jan. 1, initially addressed the miscount in a public announcement.
“Normally, when a piece of equipment is taken offline in the middle of an election it is quarantined and held for tallying,” Anderson said. “This particular MBB, evidently, was not quarantined or processed properly. It was set aside and was never tallied as part of the November 8 election contest. The MBB contained 1,816 votes that were not included in the final vote tally for a variety of offices or measures in Hays County.”
While Anderson has said that there are new precautions in place to prevent the error from reoccurring, results of this poll indicate that many residents are still concerned about the oversight and wish for the error to be more deeply assessed.
Every week, the Record gives its readers the opportunity to voice their opinions on different topics. This poll does not, and does not purport to, accurately depict public opinion. It is intended to inspire thought-provoking discussion within the community.
SMDR’s new poll is available online now, and asks for your opinion on the creation of a WORD for the San Marcos River. You can vote on it now at www.sanmarcosrecord.com.