Almost two weeks after the biggest bond in Dripping Springs ISD’s history was narrowly passed, the district held a recount of the votes.
On Wednesday, pro-bond and anti-bond volunteers met at the Hays County Government Center to make sure the election process was fair and accurate.
A six-member committee completed the recount process. Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees president Carrie Kroll was designated as the recount supervisor.
Passing by just under 40 votes, those against the bond say why wouldn’t they push for a recount.
The $132 million bond will pay for two new elementary buildings, an expansion to the high school and updates throughout the district.
According to the elections counsel, the recount Wednesday afternoon did not change the outcome of the election, meaning the bond remains approved by the voters.
With that, those who called for the recount say they weren’t expecting an overturned election, they just wanted to make sure everything was done correctly.
“We know there is human error and that the voting process can be very complicated with all the various precincts involved and types of ballots and ballot styles. So, when it’s that close it’s wise to do a recount and double check the numbers and make sure all the processes were covered,” said Dripping Springs resident Ashley Whittenberger.
During the recount, there were some concerns about the election code being violated. According to the county, both the bond counsel and the Secretary of State’s Office was contacted and determined everything was handled properly.
The final recount did change the numbers, but only by one vote. Instead of passing by 38, the bond passed by 37 votes.
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