Twelve Unaccounted Votes Could Change One Big Spring City Council Race

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - For most of the Permian Basin, the election is over, but that's not the case in Big Spring. They discovered twelve votes that were not counted over the weekend. It doesn't sound like much but for one city council race it could make all the difference.

For the City Council District 5 race, those twelve votes could change the outcome. Craig Olson beat incumbent Troy Tompkins by only five votes. According to Howard County elections officials, they had some problems with an electronic machine on election night.

They were so busy trying to fix the issue they forgot to count a dozen paper ballots. The Elections Administrators' Office is now following procedures with the Secretary of State for a count of those ballots. In the meantime, the outcome for the District 5 race is up in the air.

"As an additional safeguard I'm going to be requesting a manual recount. I'm going to petition  basically that will provide an additional safeguard an additional layer, a committee will be assembled by a 3rd party and they will take a look at the actual ballots that will be printout generated," District 5 City Council Candidate, Troy Tompkins, said.

NewsWest 9 did try to speak with Craig Olson but he didn't want to comment until the votes are recounted. Those twelve ballots will officially be counted on Wednesday afternoon in front of the district judge.