District Judge Upholds WCS Bond Election Results

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS- Six months, three votes, and a decision by a District Judge finally settles the outcome of a $75 million dollar bond election in Andrews County.

"It doesn't matter who won or lost the election what I am doing is defending the process," County Attorney John Pool said there was no evidence voters voted illegally in the election.

A missing signature here or a box left unchecked there, was not reason enough to overturn the entire May bond election results. District Judge Jay Gibson ruled the election code shouldn't be used to disenfranchise voters.

Attorney David Rogers sill argues the election code is the law and should be followed even down to the most minute details.

"People who don't fulfill all the requirements of being a registered voter, don't get to vote. We have laws about voting for a reason and we expect them to be obeyed," Rogers explained.

Peggy and Melodie Pryor expressed disappointment at the judge's ruling.

"You can't say 'I know Joe down the street, oh this is Joe, we don't need him to sign,' but we have got to make this legal," Peggy Pryor said.

Rogers argued the County Registrar needs to look at all voter registration cards in the County to update them.

"Some people who had the wrong address on their card were allowed to vote and other people who had the wrong address were taken off the role. So there are a lot of inconsistencies there," Melodie Pryor said.

The decision in the Andrews County Courtroom means the County, no longer tied up in legal red tape, can move forward and issue the $75 million dollars in bonds it will then loan to Waste Control Specialists for the expansion of it's low-level radioactive waste disposal site.

"If we had stayed on schedule, we would be in the construction right now," Tom Jones III, Vice President of Community Relations for WCS said. 

 Jones questioned the funding and motivation behind the Pryor's case.

The Pryors argue their funding is coming from small donations from folks donating to their web site.

Andrews County is expected to receive five percent of all revenue once the low-level radioactive waste site is up and running.

Rogers and the Pryors are still deciding whether or not to appeal Tuesday's ruling.