After a grueling election season and an abundance of political attacks and promises at national, state, and local levels, San Marcos residents may still have to endure just a little more. The race for the Mayor’s seat is not yet done, but the candidates remain optimistic. Current election results tell a story with incumbent Susan Narvaiz as Mayor, but provisional ballots are challenging that outcome.
Narvaiz said she will not speculate as for the final results of the total voter tally, but is confident her lead will continue and ultimately grant her another term in office. Challenger Dave Newman is thankful for an unexpected viable alternative and said he now has a “second wind.” Newman had accepted defeat on Election Night, but now says he will pursue the new developments out of respect to his supporters, his campaign, and rival Dan McCarthy.
Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said the county has 201 provisional ballots, 65 of which are in the city of San Marcos. The ballots have not been included in the current totals and are to be tested by the Election Board on their legitimacy. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 guarantees that a voter can cast a provisional ballot if he or she believes they are entitled to vote. Cowan said provisional ballots are offered to voters when said voter cannot provide a voter certificate and instead brings forth an identification card but their name is not on the registered voters list; the provisional ballot is then sent to the elections office. “We do the research,” said Cowan. “If we were to find that you were registered, then that’s when your vote will be approved to be counted. If you were found out not to be registered, which is the requirement to be eligible to vote, that’s when your vote would not be counted.” Legit provisional votes will be accounted for in the final results expected Wednesday, November 12. The final results will also include over seas votes which are provided, by law, with an additional five days to arrive. Cowan said 10 ballots were mailed out of the country.
The Hays County Elections Office website’s unofficial cumulative report currently identifies Newman as having 3,867 votes, McCarthy with 2,562, and has Narvaiz at 50.08 percent with 6,449 votes. The report’s statistics state Narvaiz is ahead of the 50 percent plus one vote requirement, with 50 percent plus 20 votes.
Narvaiz said every vote cast is important, but said she understands the specific significance of the provisional ballots. Narvaiz said she currently has the needed amount of votes to be Mayor and will retain “high-hopes” for the final results come Wednesday. “It’s not over ‘til it’s over,” said Newman.
by ANDY SEVILLA
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