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Petition challenges the results of Clifton ISD bond vote

BOSQUE COUNTY, TX (KXXV) - An election contest petition is challenging the results of the May 10, $23.3 million bond election in Clifton ISD.

The petition, which was filed on behalf of Jerry W. Golden, alleges the school bond election "is not the true outcome of the election." Golden, a former city administrator, asks the court to declare the true outcome of the election, or declare the election void.

He claims that his wife's vote was not counted, despite her being registered to vote in the Clifton district for 36 years.

According to the petition, the school bond election was included on the May 10 ballot, and the results were canvassed by the Clifton ISD school board on May 19. The first reports of election results showed that the vote was tied 380 to 380, but six provisional ballots were not included.

The petition says at the canvas meeting, the Clifton ISD Board of Trustees accepted only one of the provisional ballots, and rejected the rest. That meant the bond passed by a vote of 381 to 380. The petition claims that, "person(s) officially involved in the administration of the election prevented eligible voters from voting, failed to count legal votes, or engaged in other fraud or illegal conduct or made a mistake."

Because of this, Golden asks the court "to declare the true outcome of the election, or, if such true outcome cannot be determined, to declare the bond election void."

The $23.3 million bond election is to be used for a new elementary school and auditorium.

Click here to view the full petition.
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