Saturday, May 19, 2007

Kaufman mayor's race decided by one vote

By Jim Getz WFAA
09:20 AM CDT on Saturday, May 19, 2007
A recount has upheld William Fortner's one-vote victory over incumbent Paula Bacon in the Kaufman mayor's race. The recount yielded the same totals as the May 12 election, 285-284, Kaufman County Voter Registrar Dick Murphy said. Dr. Fortner's 285th vote came on a provisional ballot, one in which a city resident voted on paper instead of electronically because election judges had initially given him a ballot containing only Kaufman school board races and a state issue. Ms. Bacon said she was consulting with an elections expert about the validity of the provisional ballot. Meanwhile, Charles Gillenwater's election to the Kaufman City Council also was upheld. He had received 174 votes to incumbent Stanley Holmes' 171.
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