Politics & Government

Election notebook: Voters deciding two local State Board of Education races

North Texas voters appeared ready Tuesday night to send one incumbent and one newcomer to the State Board of Education.

In the race for District 11, 12-year incumbent Republican Patricia “Pat” Hardy was leading with 64.8 percent in her re-election bid, according to early and unofficial returns from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

Democrat Nancy Bean drew 32.43 percent and Libertarian Craig Sanders picked up 2.75 percent.

And in the race for District 13, to replace the retiring Mavis Best Knight, Democrat Erika Beltran, a former teacher who grew up in Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill neighborhood, claimed 87 percent of the vote to Libertarian Junart Sodoy’s 12.59 percent, with early votes tallied.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Voting problems

Local election administrators said there were a few glitches in Tarrant County Tuesday.

At the Western Hills Church of Christ, at least one voter took a Benbrook ballot, which was the wrong ballot, and a poll worker retrieved it and gave that person the correct ballot, said Frank Phillips, Tarrant County’s Elections Administrator.

Early Tuesday, poll workers realized that election equipment and ballots meant for Daggett Elementary instead had been delivered to Lily B. Clayton Elementary, and vice versa.

“Their equipment was swapped, so we sent out emergency equipment for voters to use while we swapped back the equipment (and ballots),” Phillips said.

Meanwhile, there were a few elections sites that had electricity issues because of the rain. Phillips said a generator was sent to one site and battery backups in the elections equipment kept machinery operating at other sites that had electrical glitches.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Abbott’s name missing

A photo tweeted by Greg Abbott on Election Day appears to show his name missing from a Bexar County ballot, but Bexar County's top election official said she believes it was photoshopped.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate tweeted a photo of the ballot Tuesday afternoon, saying "ballot irregularities" resulted in his name being omitted from a electronic ballot in the governor's race. He posted a picture of a ballot with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's name as the Republican candidate for governor instead of Abbott.

"I think it's a photoshopped deal but we are checking," said Jacque Callanen, Bexar County Elections Administrator.

Elections officials took the voting machine in question out of service as a precaution as computer technicians on the scene work to confirm it is operating correctly, she said.

— San Antonio Express-News

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