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May 28, 2014 2:41 PM by Rick Spruill - rspruill@kristv.com

Commissioner McComb Asks for Recount of Primary Runoff Results

CORPUS CHRISTI - Nueces County Commissioner Joe McComb wants a recount. Unofficial results have McComb losing to challenger, Brent Chesney, by 162 votes in last night's Republican primary runoff for McComb's Precinct 4 commissioner's seat.

Confusion over a couple of ballot boxes left McComb's camp questioning the results. This morning he emailed Nueces County Republican Party Chairman-in-waiting Mike Bergsma, requesting the recount.

But County Clerk Diana Barrera says a recount will probably not change the outcome.

"I don't see the likelihood that there would be," she told KRIS-6 this morning. "(That's) because what transpired last night was confusion not on the voting system but on the reporting module."

In layman's terms, Barrera is saying there was not a problem with the system that counts votes. The problem was with how the vote totals were shared on the county's real-time tabulation system, which is made available to the public on election night.

She says three Democratic precincts were ingested into the Republican reporting system. It changed only the number of precincts reporting, not the vote counts.

But McComb believes the problem created an inaccurate vote total.

A primary vote recount is managed by the party and paid for by the candidate requesting the recount. Barrera's elections staff will assist.

She says the cost won't be known until McComb and the party work out whether to do a manual recount or simply upload the electronic voting tabulations from each precinct.

Those are available on memory sticks, kept under lock and key at the Elections office.

Taxpayers don't pay for a recount. McComb's campaign will have to come up with the money.

The final vote canvass happens next week. Only then can a recount begin.

Barrera did not have an estimate on how long it might take. Only that with an election this small, it should not take too long.

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