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November 6th, 2009
Final vote count deadline Monday


Monday is the day when San Marcos voters will finally learn the true results of Tuesday night’s election. Apparently, they won’t change.

Laura Hernandez, assistant to Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan, said Friday afternoon that Monday is the deadline for overseas ballots to arrive, so they can be added into the totals. After Monday, no more votes will be counted.

Hernandez said the four provisional ballots processed by the elections office were not by San Marcos voters, meaning those voters could vote in the statewide constitutional amendment election, but not in the San Marcos City Council election. Hernandez also said no overseas ballots had arrived as of Friday afternoon.

If no more votes come in, then the Place 5 city council election will remain undecided. Ryan Thomason received the most votes, 960 out of 1,924 ballots cast (49.9 percent), which still left him three votes short of the majority needed to claim the seat.

Thomason could ask for a recount with hopes of finding those three votes. If a recount doesn’t change the election, or if a recount doesn’t occur, then Thomason would go into a run-off election against academic advisor Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who finished second in the election with 504 votes. Small business owner Shaune Maycock finished third with 460 votes.

In the Place 6 city council race, incumbent John Thomaides registered an easy victory, receiving 1,228 of 1,938 votes cast, 63.4 percent. Beauty consultant Monica Garcia came in second with 28.9 percent (560 votes) and Anita Fuller finished third with 7.8 percent (150 votes).

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