LUBBOCK, TX—Jeff Griffith and Deanne Clark will have to wait until as early as Friday to find out who will officially fill Lubbock’s District 3 City Council seat.
Griffith had six more votes than his opponent, but the small margin isn’t enough to determine an official winner.
Of the 32,000 residents that live within District 3, only 1,538 came out to vote in the runoff. According to Deanne Clark, this lack of voter turnout has been an ongoing issue.
“Our population has gotten to the point to where it is difficult to get people out to vote. And that's sad to me, it's discouraging to me in that the people are discouraged and the people are angry,” Deanne Clark said. “And so I don’t know what it will take to get people to express themselves and to vote.”
Lubbock County Elections office said there are still approximately 100 mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted, along with five provisional ballots and five military ballots. The Ballot Board is expected to meet Friday where they will review these votes.