District Three Results Not Final Until Friday

Until the ballot board meets and goes through about 100 ballots, the results for the District Three seat for the Lubbock City Council won't be final.
By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- Until the ballot board meets and goes through about 100 ballots, the results for the District Three seat for the Lubbock City Council won't be final.

Those last ballots include provisional ballots, mail-in ballots, and military ballots. According to Dorothy Kennedy with the Lubbock County Elections Office, it's normal for them to have a few days before the results are finalized.

"All about numbers at that point in a run-off election," Kennedy said.

Deanne Clark had a lead in the early voting, and then the preliminary results put Jeff Griffith ahead by six votes.

"When we compared it to other run-offs, it was very similar, in terms of turn out," Kennedy said.

"Every vote is crucial, and this is another case where we've proven the fact that your vote does count, so don't ever think it doesn't, it may not go the way you want it to, but your vote does count," Kennedy said.

"History's been changed by just a few number of votes," Deanne Clark, one of the candidates said.

Clark's now waiting until Friday to see if the results could change in her favor, and in the meantime, she's trying to stay positive.

"Well, I guess you're supposed to stay hopeful, and of course people around me are constantly saying 'don't worry, we're praying for you, expect the best,' and so they keep you cheered up," Clark said.

Griffith did not return calls Monday for a comment.

Kennedy said the losing candidate could request a recount after the results come in, but that's paid for by the candidate who requests it.  The recount could be done by either hand or electronically.

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