Provisional ballots leave Nov. 6 election results unchanged for Liberty County

Klint Bush, Veronica Mallett and Ryan Daniel look over documents as they prepare to county provisional ballots for Liberty County on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The provisional ballots for Liberty County are counted. While the approved ballots slightly changed some of the voting totals for local elections, the outcomes of the election are unchanged.

The only close race that might have been impacted is for Tarkington ISD’s Trustee Position 3 where only three votes separated incumbent TISD Board President Kem Kirkham-Arnold and challenger Jon Wright on Election Day, Nov. 6. However, Kirkham-Arnold’s lead now has increased to four votes with the provisional ballots included in the final tally.

“It didn’t change the outcome of an election this time but the provisional ballots have in the past,” said Klint Bush, the presiding judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board for Liberty County, a position approved by Liberty County Commissioners Court.

Roy Lee, Ryan Daniel, Emily Kebodeaux-Cook and Veronica Mallett (left to right) swear an oath prior to taking part in the provisional ballot evaluation process.
Klint Bush and Delores Moore evaluate one of the provisional ballots received during the Nov. 6 election in Liberty County.

Bush oversaw the counting of the provisional ballots on Nov. 14 with a panel made up of Republicans Roy Lee, Ryan Daniel and Emily Kebodeaux-Cook, and Democrat Veronica Mallett. Delores Moore, voter registrar in the Liberty County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, assisted in the process.

The board compares signatures on voter ballots to those collected on the day of the election at poll locations. They also review the reasons why a person was forced to cast a provisional ballot.

These reasons can include:

  • errors in the electoral roll;
  • voting in the wrong poll location;
  • voter previously requested an absentee ballot but claims to have not received it;
  • incorrect addresses or outdated information in the electoral roll;
  • voter lacks a photo ID card; or
  • voter failed to register as a voter by the deadline.

Many of the common reasons will not prevent a person from voting, but it is required by law to register by the deadlines set before an election. Of the roughly 180 provisional ballots collected, only 40 were accepted by the board.

“There were 20 ballots in the Tarkington area that were provisional and Kem was winning by only three votes. It had great potential to change the outcome of that election,” Bush said.

The provisional ballots only gave Kirkham-Arnold one additional vote. Bush said another provisional ballot that was approved by the board had no votes on any of the Tarkington ISD races even though that person could have voted in that election.

“People think their votes don’t count but they do. They think their votes don’t matter but I have seen way too many times where one vote changes an election, like a tax election or a school bond,” he said.

In reviewing the provisional ballots, Bush said the board found one case of what appears to be voter fraud.

“Someone showed up on election day to vote and they weren’t allowed to vote because it appears they had already voted in early voting. Three of the signatures match and one doesn’t,” Bush said. “I take voter fraud very seriously. I take the person’s right to vote seriously. I want it to count if at all possible and if it’s legal. Is it going to change the outcome of an election in Liberty County? No, but it’s important to have integrity in our elections. That’s my job.”

With the provisional ballots now counted, Bush and the board members will hold one final provisional ballot meeting on Nov. 19, 13 days after the election. After that the county can canvass the votes and certify the election.

As of now, the unofficial results of the Nov. 6 election in Liberty County are as follows:

STRAIGHT PARTY

  • Republican Party – 7,221 early; 3,006 election; 10,227 total
  • Democratic Party – 1,531 early; 1,038 election; 2,569 total
  • Libertarian Party – 34 early; 23 election; 57 total

UNITED STATES SENATOR

  • REP Ted Cruz – 11,312 early; 4,728 election; 16,040 total
  • DEM Beto O’Rourke – 2,725 early; 1,695 election; 4,429 total
  • LIB Neal M. Dikeman – 59 early; 55 election; 114 total

U.S. REP, DISTRICT 36

  • REP Brian Babin – 11,360 early; 4,748 election; 16,108 total
  • DEM Dayna Steele – 2,645 early; 1,655 election; 4,300 total

GOVERNOR

  • REP Greg Abbott – 11,579 early; 4,947 election; 16,526 total
  • DEM Lupe Valdez – 2,374 early; 1,441 election; 3,815 total
  • LIB Mark Jay Tibbetts – 130 early; 73 election; 203 total

LT. GOVERNOR

  • REP Dan Patrick – 11,141 early; 4,703 election; 15,844 total
  • DEM Mike Collier – 2,722 early; 1,628 election; 4,350 total
  • LIB Kerry Douglas McKennon – 199 early; 121 election; 320 total

ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • REP Ken Paxton – 10,972 early; 4,624 election; 15,596 total
  • DEM Justin Nelson – 2,805 early; 1,650 election; 4,455 total
  • LIB Michael Ray Harris – 236 early; 148 election; 384 total

COMPTROLLER

  • REP Glenn Hegar – 11,085 early; 4,643 election; 15,728 total
  • DEM Joi Chevalier – 2,466 early; 1,518 election; 3,984 total
  • LIB Ben Sanders – 307 early; 217 election; 524 total

LAND COMMISSIONER

  • REP George P. Bush – 10,894 early; 4,667 election; 15,561 total
  • DEM Miguel Suazo – 2,555 early; 1,529 election; 4,084 total
  • LIB Matt Pina – 484 early; 199 election; 683 total

AG COMMISSIONER

  • REP Sid Miller – 10,957 early; 4,563 election; 15,520 tota
  • DEM Kim Olson – 2,750 early; 1,669 election; 4,419 total
  • LIB Richard Carpenter – 209 early; 142 election; 351 total

STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 3

  • REP Robert Nichols – 11,129 early; 4,666 election; 15,795 total
  • DEM Shirley Layton – 2,629 early; 1,602 election; 4,231 total
  • LIB Bruce Quarles – 147 early; 110 election; 257 total

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 18

  • REP Ernest Bailes – 11,274 early; 4,725 election; 15,999 total
  • DEM Fred Lemond – 2,699 early; 1,685 election; 4,384 total

DISTRICT JUDGE, 75th JUDICIAL DISTRICT

  • REP Mark Morefield – 11,642 early; 5,082 election; 16,724 total

DISTRICT JUDGE, 253rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT

  • REP Chap Cain – 11,694 early; 5,134 election; 16,828 total

LIBERTY COUNTY JUDGE

  • REP Jay Knight – 11,714 early; 5,101 election; 16,815 total

COUNTY COURT AT LAW JUDGE

  • REP Tommy Chambers – 11,646 early; 5,125 election; 16,771 total

DISTRICT CLERK

  • REP Delia Sellers – 11,742 early; 5,176 election; 16,918 total

COUNTY CLERK

  • REP Lee Haidusek Chambers – 11,084 early; 4,656 election; 15,740 total
  • DEM Joe Robertson Jr. – 2,769 early; 1,711 election; 4,480 total

COUNTY TREASURER

  • REP Kim Harris – 11,719 early; 5,106 election; 16,825 total

COUNTY SURVEYOR

  • REP John C. “Johnny” Moorman – 11,629 early; 5,060 election; 16,689 total

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 2

  • REP Greg Arthur – 3,348 early; 1,831 election; 5,179 total

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 4

  • REP Leon Wilson – 3,240 early; 1,061 election; 4,301 total

JP, PCT 1

  • REP Stephen Hebert – 1,822 early; 647 election; 2,469 total

JP, PCT 2

  • DEM Ronnie Davis – 336 early; 367 election; 705 total

JP, PCT 3

  • REP Cody Parrish – 1,320 early; 682 election; 2,002 total

JP, PCT 4

  • REP Larry Wilburn – 4,251 early; 1,488 election; 5,739 total

JP, PCT 5

  • REP Wade Brown – 2,007 early; 1,016 election; 3,023 total

JP, PCT 6

  • REP Ralph Fuller – 1,783 early; 728 election; 2,511 total
  • DEM Monique McDuffie-Brooks – 675 early; 464 election; 1,139 total

HARDIN CITY COUNCIL, POSITION 3

  • Rachael Smart – 116 early; 44 election; 160 total
  • Robert LeJeune – 53 early; 13 election; 66 total

HARDIN CITY COUNCIL, POSITION 5

  • Heather L. West-Seward – 52 early; 27 election; 79 total
  • Harvey Finley – 127 early; 33 election; 160 total

TARKINGTON ISD BOARD, POSITION 1

  • Paige Bostwick – 890 early; 443 election; 1,333 total
  • Lane Gulledge – 855 early; 430 election; 1,285 total

TARKINGTON ISD BOARD, POSITION 2

  • Donny Haltom – 1,117 early; 568 election; 1,685 total
  • Ronald Shirley – 629 early; 300 election; 929 total

TARKINGTON ISD BOARD, POSITION 3

  • Jon Wright – 871 early; 441 election; 1,312 total
  • Kem Kirkham-Arnold – 875 early; 441 election; 1,316 total

LIBERTY COUNTY WCID, POSITION 1

  • Leonard Vyoral – 137 early; 87 election; 224 total

LIBERTY COUNTY WCID, POSITION 2

  • Lynda Hohn – 94 early; 64 election; 158 total
  • Leroy Hanel – 76 early; 37 election; 113 total

To see information on under votes or over voters in all races, or to see races not included in this list, click here.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

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