MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – We Choose Our Future, the SPAC for the Midland ISD Bond is officially calling for a recount.
In a statement Monday, the SPAC confirmed the recount saying they owe it to voters to ensure the votes were accurately counted.
“We Choose Our Future, SPAC has elected to file for a recount on the Midland ISD School Bond election. It is standard practice to request a recount for any election with so few ballots determining the outcome. In several states, this 25 vote difference (0.1% of all votes cast) would have triggered an automatic recount. We owe it to the voters, and our supporters, to ensure an accurate vote count. We look forward to a transparent and open process”Christine Foreman, Dave Joyner Co-Chairs
The recount comes amid controversy and confusion on the MISD Bond that would have created new schools in Midland and updated some of the existing campuses.
Initially, on election day, the Midland County Elections Office reported numbers that showed the bond had narrowly passed. However, this was an unofficial count and more ballots were still to be counts.
About a week later, when all of the ballots had come in, the Midland County Elections Office posted “cumulative” final results on the county website initially showing the bond passing by 18 votes.
However, MISD Board members later reported that the elections office did not include mail-in ballots in their cumulative total. Ultimately the bond failed.