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[休斯敦社区资讯]

糖城第三区重新核票结果揭晓 艾米 米切尔获胜(3图)

作者:世界名人网记者遴璘          录入于 June 22, 2011 at 20:26:58:
世界名人网讯 世界名人网讯 糖城市议员第三区重新核票官方结果揭晓,艾米 米切尔赢得Sugar Land City Council District 3 race, 领先浩德浦一票. 艾米米切尔 will be sworn in on June 28 at the next Sugar Land City Council meeting.

Recount in Sugar Land ends with same result: a one-vote victory
By NICHOLAS COLE Houston CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT


June 22, 2011, 3:17PM

A recount Wednesday of all the ballots cast in a runoff for a seat on Sugar Land City Council has ended with the same result: Attorney Amy Mitchell won by a single vote.

After four hours of counting the ballots by hand, the vote stood at 791-790, the same that had been tallied after the June 11 runoff for the District 3 post.

On the losing end once again was Howard Paul, 55, an engineering consultant who was out of town and not at the recount. But some of his supporters were, and they were not ready to concede the election just yet.

"It's not over," said Nancy Hentschel.

Specifically, his supporters point to three mail-in ballots. Two of them were rejected because they were postmarked after June 11. The third was not counted because of a discrepancy with the signature.

"We still have a problem with these votes that were not counted," said Hentschel. "All we want is justice, so we're exploring options to ensure that justice prevails."

So also pointed to around 40 ballots she labeled questionable, but did not elaborate. She and other Paul supporters plan to meet to discuss what action they should take.

"Some people may say just let it go, but that's not fair to the voters if the person they want in office is not in office," Hentschel said.

Mitchell, 50, who was at the recount, said she's satisfied with her one-vote victory.

"I did it the old-fashion way by knocking on doors, emailing, and working hard to win votes," she said. "I ran a very positive campaign and I didn't let a negative word be said from my team throughout the election process. Now that it's over, I'm ready to serve the people who elected me."

The runoff was necessary because neither Paul nor Mitchell received a majority of votes in the May 14 election. Paul garnered 43.6 percent of the vote and Mitchell collected 28.8 percent. The third-place finisher, Jim Hoelker, got 27 percent and was not eligible for the runoff.


Sugar Land Recount: Mitchell Still Wins Council Seat By Single Vote


By: John Pape on Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Today’s recount of the District 3 Sugar Land City Council race resulted in the same outcome as on election day with local attorney Amy Mitchell winning by a single vote.

The recount of ballots by hand found the same 791-790 result, leaving Mitchell with a razor-thin single-vote win over engineering consultant Howard Paul.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson had appointed residents Mary Von Tungeln, Kathy Huebner, Steve Porter, Joe Zimmerman and Stephen Ip to serve as the recount committee and conduct the manual count. The recount took place at the Fort Bend County Election Administration Office in Rosenberg.

Paul was not on hand for the recount and not immediately available for comment. He also has not conceded the race

There also continues to be controversy surrounding three mail-in ballots that could influence the vote total. Two of the ballots were tossed out because they were postmarked after the June 11 runoff date. A third was rejected because of a problem with the signature.

A group of Paul supporters, headed by First Colony resident Nancy Hentschel, said they were going to meet and discuss their next move.

For her part, Mitchell said she was “ready to serve the people who elected me.”

In a news release late today, the City of Sugar Land said Mitchell would be sworn into office June 28 at city hall.

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Runoff recount in Sugar Land council District 3 race brings up need to examine voter registration
By Elsa Maxey

The recent runoff race in Sugar Land has opened up the need to take a serious look at voter registration on the part of the electorate, those of us voting.

The petitioned recount for the June 11 runoff election results is not anything new for voters in this area. Howard Paul lost to Amy Mitchell for the District 3 council seat, according to the unofficial numbers reported after the election, 790 to 791, just one vote difference giving credence to the adage that every vote counts. But, the votes are not considered final until they are canvassed.This Tuesday, the Sugar Land City Council was to have done it to declare a winner, who cannot be seated. There’s a pending recount.

Paul petitioned for the recount on June 15, according to Sugar Land City Secretary Glenda Gundermann. She said the recount is scheduled for today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. at the Fort Bend County Election Administration Office, 4520 Reading Road in Rosenberg. Fort Bend County Elections Administrator John Oldham said this is the City of Sugar Land’s recount and his office is providing support.

Gundermann told the “Star”, “If the recount changes the number of votes, regardless of change in the outcome, there will be a canvass of the recount using the Recount Committee report,” which she said will take place on June 28 at a scheduled city council meeting. The Recount Committee consists of the recount supervisor, who is Mayor James Thompson or his designee; each candidate, also each with two representatives; and the custodian of the ballots, Oldham. According to Oldham, the committee will only do a recount and not make any determination on valid or rejected ballots.This has been already done by another committee.

Last week, Oldham said there were three overseas ballots received, two of them mailed together from Taiwan and another one from the same place that came separately. The two that came together, he said, were picked up by an overseas carrier, DHL, on June 15, after the election. They were rejected. The third ballot came in last Wednesday, a day before the two others. It was mailed on Election Day and considered to be timely received. The determination by the early voting ballot committee, however, was that the person’s signature on the ballot envelope did not match the signature on the ballot by mail application.

One can presume that the votes may have been for Paul; however, this is unknown since the ballots remained sealed and were reviewed on the basis of timely receipt, being sealed and having a signature and a match with the application to receive a ballot.

What has been brought into focus as a result of the runoff is that in order to register to vote in Texas, a person does not have to show proof of citizenship. Oldham confirmed this fact noting that all an individual needs to do is simply state citizenship. “If there is some reason to believe citizenship may be in question, then proof is requested,” he said. For example a person summoned to jury will claim that he is not a citizen, which requires a check, he said.

Conceivably, citizens of other countries visiting Texas could register to vote claiming U.S. citizenship, request ballots by mail for local elections, timely mail them in from their native countries, and impact a voting outcome. Since the state legislature is meeting in special session, albeit for other specific purposes, could this be the time to consider closing a big hole in the voter registration process with a new law?

In the meantime, the recount outcome for the Sugar Land runoff election is forthcoming, as will the final outcome for seating the new council member in District 3.



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