GCC bond wins by 2 votes in recount

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DENISON -- The Grayson County College bond recount results are in, and this time, the bond passes by two votes instead of one.

Last week those opposed to the initial vote signed a petition for the recount to see if election results could be overturned.

Now the debate over the election could hit the courts.

One vote is all that separated the bond from passing or failing back on May 12th.

That sent up red flags from those against the bond about the validity of the election.

The independent company Diebold conducted the recount Tuesday afternoon at the request of citizens who signed a petition and raised money last week contesting the original election.

After recounting all the votes, including five mail-in ballots that were not counted on May 12th, the bond passed with 2,457 votes for and 2,455 votes against.

College officials say they are pleased with the results of the recount and, for now, they will move forward and say they understand why tax payers are uneasy about the close outcome.

Those opposed say the recount does not account for the true number of people that would have voted in the election if proper voting locations were laid out before the election.

A special commissioner’s court meeting is scheduled for 1:30 on Thursday to discuss what comes next in the process.

Those opposed say that if nothing is settled on during that meeting, they will take their fight to the district courts and try to overturn the election.

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  • by Former Student Location: Denison on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    Taxpayers are wasting their money. GCC does not improve a student's chances in the "real work environment." Most of the teachers are a joke and the administration could care less about their students! Maybe if they had a Board of Directors that were'nt older than dirt and learned under todays educational standard GCC wouldn't be a joke! Half their Board went to school when K through 12 was held in the same classroom.
  • by Bud Location: Denison on May 29, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    GCC student, why are you defending bad english? The definitation of slang is " language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning."
  • by GCC student on May 29, 2007 at 03:47 AM
    My bad is not a writing mistake. It is however a slang saying used by many. Granted it is not acceptable in educational writings . . . (thank you high school freshman year English!) I don't think many of things written here are acceptable in educational writings, but then again this is not educational writing . . .it may be considered however personal and informal to say the least.
  • by Bud Location: Denison on May 24, 2007 at 11:28 AM
    Becky, looks like you need to sign up for a remedial writing course. You said "My bad", where did you go to school? You give morons a bad name.
  • by Rebecca Location: Sherman on May 24, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    OOPS... I meant I agreed with Richie about the 5000 who found the polling places. I don't agree with Bud about anything. He seems to be an ill-informed moron. My bad for typing his name instead of yours, Mike.
  • by Former Student Location: Grayson County on May 24, 2007 at 08:28 AM
    The polling places were chosen not to exclude certain voters, but rather to have the highest possible voter turnout (regardless of how they were going to vote). It is insulting to say that college officials tried to manipulate the voting process - they are in the education business not the rigging elections business. Furthermore, if you would like to be angry with someone why not turn to the County for not helping with the election when they had a chance. Apparently they were too busy when the college went to them for help before the election. This special commissioner's court meeting is shameful unless they acknowledge this to be true. They are just covering their collective you know what so that the bad press isn’t about them. Politicians… This whole deal is rife with assumptions. So, I will go ahead and make one - those of you who are complaining need the college the most. You and your children need an education more that anyone else in the county. You will be thanking us (the educated) for voting for your future.
  • by Rebecca Location: Sherman on May 24, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    I thought this was a democracy. Isn't a democracy "rule by the majority?" So whether the bond passed by 1 or by 2 votes... it passed! I find it offensive that the Kangaroo Court (oops, Commissioners Court) is sticking their nose into it. Maybe the College's Board of Trustees should start calling meetings to discuss the business of the Commissioners Court. And I agree with Bud, 5000 of us could read a newspaper and follow the directions to a polling place to cast our ballot. If you aren't smart enough to be able to do that, then you aren't smart enough to determine the fate of our community C O L L E G E ! ! ! P.S. I hear that they offer courses in BASIC adult education, maybe you guys could sign up for a reading course.
  • by Mike Location: Luella on May 23, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    Instead of using this money to improve the campus they should hire better teachers. Please, stop the palaver.
  • by Bud Location: Denison on May 23, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    GCC is not the first one to manipulated polling locations to clear the path for their supporters to vote and to toss numerous roadblocks before their opponents. Read the story below. 02/14/2007 By JOE STINEBAKER / Associated Press Officials in two Houston-area elections recently manipulated polling locations to clear the path for their supporters to vote and to toss numerous roadblocks before their opponents. Sponsors of a local community college bond election tried last year to put all their polling locations on their campuses, making voting easy for students and employees — a natural support base — but less convenient for opponents. That move prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to step in, and the election was postponed. Some Minnesota schools hold bond elections in frigid January. Fire departments pushing bond elections in New Jersey routinely place their polling booths in remote fire stations. And elections officials in Ohio and California have been accused of uneven distribution of voting machines, causing long lines in neighborhoods that support one party and a quick passthrough for supporters of the other party. Such machinations allow government officials to assist their favored candidate or to help pass bond issues — and their resulting property tax increases — without mounting expensive campaigns. Controlling the location of polls allows supporters to turn out in their usual numbers, while opponents have to drive farther, or to several places, to vote.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on May 23, 2007 at 01:32 PM
    Actually, the County Commissioners Court has NO juridiction or say regarding the College election. Grayson County College is a seperate taxing entity from the County Commissioners Court. Perhaps you refer to the District Court, where a case may be heard if a suit is filed. What is interesting about all this hub-bub, is that so many are complaining after the fact that the bond passed...regardless of the margin. Face it, FIVE THOUSAND people "found" their poling place to vote. All of the voting places were listed in ads and newspaper articles. Many votes were not cast because people couldn't be bothered to wait in line, like those who DID cast their ballot. All those whiners COULD have voted early if they had been bothered. If you didn't make the effort to find your place to vote, don't cry now.
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