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March 12, 2014

Recount date set for JP Precinct 8 race

A date has been set for a recount in the Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 8 race.

Naomi Doyle, election manager with the County Clerk’s office, said the manual recount will take place at 8 a.m. Monday, March 17.

Candidate Dawn Polk requested the recount because of problems with the voting machines that caused a delay in releasing results on Election Day.

Doyle confirmed that Polk paid the $1,400 deposit for the recount.

The results, which are unofficial until provisional ballots are tabulated, show Tom Gillam III with 602 votes or 45.57 percent of the votes, Kenneth W. Marks with 307 votes or 23.24 percent, Polk with 228 votes or 17.26 percent, Antoine Freeman with 137 votes or 10.37 percent and Don Collins with 47 votes or 3.56 percent.

The voting tabulation issue was two-fold, according to information from the County Clerk’s office.

The first issue occurred when the touch screen voting machines at the Port Arthur Public Library were not closed out properly from early voting. The process typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.

The delay was compounded when the tabulation officer started the count over thus pushing the time back two to three hours for the early voting results.

But during that time, other problems arose, which delayed the total vote count.

Some of the flash cards from the machines were not readable, County Clerk Carolyn Guidry said in a story that ran in the March 6 edition of the Port Arthur News. Election officials were forced to retrieve the machines from Groves Elementary School in Groves, Theodore Johns Library in Beaumont, Mount Sinai Church in Port Arthur and the Jefferson County Sub-courthouse in Port Arthur due to this problem.

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