Midland County voting machines to be opened

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MIDLAND, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – The MISD school bond has always been controversial, and after the chaos of the election, any still want answers. Many may receive answers once those voting machines open Thursday morning.

Midland County Commissioners met today to discuss the actions of the ongoing controversy of the MISD bond.

“Election office has taken a number of steps already,” says Russell Malm, Midland County Attorney.”Now the next step is to actually open the ballot boxes, see what’s in there, and to count those both an electronic count and a manual count, and this is a result of a court order that we obtained last week.”

The $569 million bond passed on election night, then failed after counting more ballots and then as a result of a recount it passed.

However, many questions of the why the discrepancy in the total votes.

“Still don’t know what the cause of the discrepancy is all we know is that there’s an 820 votes discrepancy, the County Attorney says. “We believe from all of the work the election’s office has been doing that the discrepancy occurred at the early vote center at the Midland County Annex, which is the elections office.”

So when the county opens those machines Thursday, would the votes of the mayoral and city races also be affected?

“There is the potential that if there was a mistake in the electronic count that those races could be affected,” he says. “So we need to determine whether there was a problem with the machines or whether the problem was within the recount.”

The County Attorney says the county doesn’t know whether the error was human or electronic.

But the county is working on getting to the bottom of the situation.

“At the end of the day, we want everyone to know that the elections later this year and two years from now ten years from now that the elections here are accurate and fair,” Malm says.

The County Attorney says the public is invited to watch the machines open at the Midland County Annex building.

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