San Marcos (KXAN) — Democrat candidate for Hays County Commissioner, Jimmy Alan Hall, has requested election workers to recount votes. He lost the November 6th election to Republican candidate Lon Shell by 37 votes according to the county’s election website.
“It’s not over yet. I filed a petition to recount, which technically makes the vote count zero to zero,” said Hall.
Hall received 10,058. Shell received 10,095 votes. The winner will represent Precinct Three on the Hays County Commissioners Court.
“Personally I have an obligation to my supporters, people who voted for me, people who supported my campaign with time, money, and effort, to make sure it’s accurate,” said Hall.
Incumbent Republican Lon Shell has not yet responded to a KXAN request for comment.
This is the latest turn in a hectic election for Hays County. Connection issues plagued voting machines. Texas State students went through a lengthy fight to extend early voting hours on campus.
Hall tells KXAN anecdotal student stories encouraged him to file for a recount: students being turned away to other voting locations, having expired IDs, or other problems with provisional ballots.
“It’s indicative of the election system that we have in Texas which is designed to discourage people from voting,” said Hall.
The recount is expected to be complete on Monday, November 26th. If Hall is still down, he tells KXAN he will likely file a lawsuit and contest the election.
According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the margin to be eligible to request a recount is 10% of the winning candidate’s votes. The losing candidate must put down a deposit of $100 for each precinct to recount the votes. Hall will have to pay $1,400 dollars if he loses the recount.
Races in Hays County between Republicans and Democrats were much closer than in years past. Democratic Candidate Erin Zweiner won the election for Texas House District 45, surprising politicos in Austin and in Hays County.