By Jan White
CROCKETT – On Tuesday, May 17, the Houston County Commissioners Court held a brief special session to canvass the results of the Constitutional Amendment Election held on May 7. The purpose of a canvass is to account for every ballot cast and ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals. The canvass is the official tally of votes for any given election.
Cynthia Lum, who serves as the county’s elections administrator, spoke about the election.
Both she and the commissioners agreed that it was a smooth process and went well. Only the voting machines were used on the official voting day, which streamlined the process. Lum reported that both propositions passed, and there were 1,032 total voters recorded for this election.
County Judge Jim Lovell inquired about the Kennard ISD Trustee Election held in conjunction with the constitutional amendment election. Ms. Lum reported that Kennard was generally pleased, with the exception of a miscommunication on the ISD website regarding online voting. Lum also noted that there was only a small turnout at the additional polling location set up for Kennard.
Commissioners reviewed the tally of votes provided by Lum. Although no official vote was needed to approve the canvass, at least two commissioners are required to review the results. In addition to the county judge, Commissioners Gary Lovell, Gene Stokes and Jimmy Henderson were there to review the findings. The results were then certified by Lovell.