No significant changes in election recount

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 5:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:01am

It was just a couple weeks ago that two candidates running for various Cameron County positions requested a ballot recount.

"Occasionally, when there's some close races, in this county, candidates can exercise their option to request a recount or petition for a recount," said Cameron County elections administrator Christopher Davis. "Both petitioned, two candidates did that."

On Thursday, a recount was conducted for the four candidates running for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Place 3. 

On Sunday, the recount took place for two candidates in 357th District Court.

"You always hope for similar results in a recount that you get from election night," said Davis. "In both cases, in both the recount for Thursday all candidates gained some votes - very, very minor compared to the total number of votes they got, as well as the recount on Sunday; both judicial candidates...both gained votes, again probably a tenth of a percentage point more."

As of right now Magallanes is still in the lead for 357th District Judge and Mary Esther Garcia leads the race for justice of the peace.

And while Davis says the new results haven't made much of an impact in the outcome of the race, there is one likely reason why some votes may have increased after the recount. 

"They can mark a ballot in a way that won't be detected, and won't be tabulated and won't be counted toward any candidate on election day, early voting because those ballots will be tabulated by a machine, by optical scan," said Davis.

Because both candidates requested manual recounts, three-person teams went through each ballot to sort out human error, such as people circling candidates instead of shading in the bubble next to their name. 

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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