Judge Will Hear County’s Case for Recount

A Dallas judge will hear the county’s case for a recount of last week’s primary elections tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The case has been assigned to 298th District Court Judge Emily Tobolowsky.

Dallas County election administrator Toni Pippins-Poole filed the petition in state district court late Friday, saying that her office found that ballots from 44 tabulating machines were not accounted for when her office found it couldn’t reconcile the number of voters who checked in to vote at some polling locations with the number of ballots received.

“During the reconciliation process, the number of primary thumb drives sent out to vote centers was compared with the number of primary thumb drives received back at central count,” the affidavit read. “It was initially believed that all of the ballots cast at all of the 454 vote centers had been received back at central count on the primary thumb drives that had come back to central count from the 13 regional sites.

“However, it was later determined that there are ballots from 44 of the precinct scanner and tabulator machines that are unaccounted for.”

It’s not clear which polling places were impacted, or how many votes.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, deputy editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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