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Letter: Support a bill for automatic recount
As many of you know, we here in Wilson County just had a very contentious election for a certificate of obligation for in excess of $8 million. I am not passing judgment on the projects to be funded by the certificate of obligation. I personally support many of them. I, and many others in the county, believe that the process by which the election was held is questionable. I am confident that others in the state will issue an opinion on that in the coming weeks.
The purpose of this letter is to request support for legislation that many states, if not the majority, already have. I believe the only way to put closure to this issue is to have a recount. Unfortunately, in Texas, to request a recount is extremely expensive. In Wilson County we have to raise more than $2,700 and have it submitted to the county by 2 p.m. the day after the final canvass to approve the election results! To add insult to injury, we were also told by county officials that the recount would cost significantly more than the $2,700!
It is only reasonable to recount an election that will cost the citizens $8.5 million that won by only 11 votes; that is less than four-tenths of 1 percent of the vote! Unfortunately, time and resources do not allow us to conduct what is reasonable. Therefore, I have requested my state representative and my state senator to work together and with me to craft legislation that will allow for an automatic recount for all elections, both for candidates and for issues, if future elections are this close and contentious.
If you believe, as I do, that we need this kind of legislation in the state of Texas, I ask that you contact both your state representative and your state senator to support a bill such as this if it is entered into the next legislative session. If you do not know how to contact your representatives and senators, you can find their contact information with a quick Internet search.
If you live and vote in Wilson County and agree that we need a provision in law for an automatic recount on very close elections for both issues and candidates, please contact both Rep. John Kuempel (R) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D). Both seemed receptive to my request. It would be helpful if you contacted them as well. The more calls they get, the more likely it will be for them to work together to craft legislation that will help protect “we the people.”
Their contact information is:
Rep. John Kuempel, District 44, Austin office: 512- 463-0602; Seguin office: 830-379-8732; or http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=44&
The Honorable Judith Zaffirini, Austin office: 512-463-0121; Laredo office: 956-722-2293; or http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist21/Dist21.htm#Office.
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