City of Amarillo announces mayoral election recount results: Confirms Nelson victory


Wednesday evening, the City of Amarillo announced the recount results of the recent mayoral election. Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller said the recount results showed a net change of ten votes:

Ginger Nelson's vote count changed from 10,960 votes to 10,962 votes.

Carl Karas's vote count changed from 373 votes to 372 votes.

Claudette Smith's vote count changed from 5,875 to 5,877 votes.

Michael Hunt's vote count changed from 3,066 votes to 3,073 votes.

“That is a net of 10 more votes in the recount than what was originally reported that represents just over 49/1000 of 1%,” Miller said. “We were able to track down three of the 10 and all indications were that those were associated with mail-in absentee ballots, but we do not know for all ten of those what the nature of those discrepancies were.

“We were intentional, we were methodical. We checked and we rechecked both the process and the results. The process from beginning to end, was overseen by the candidates, or their delegates, law enforcement, and not one but two, Secretary of State election security trainers. We crossed every T. We dotted every I, and then we checked them again, so that when we were finished, there would be no possibility of any reasonable doubt as to the results,” Miller said.

Miller went on to say that the city is confident that the results "had no indications of fraud or anything untoward.”

“Once we finished that, then the election committee tallied up all the votes. We spent a lot of time working to identify and try and track down and chase down those discrepancies, we wanted to, we wanted it to be exactly perfect. We spent a lot of time talking to the Secretary of State’s lead attorney, and also to the Secretary of State’s representatives on site.

“There were a lot of personnel that supported behind the scenes. There were no city employees, and no county employees that were involved in the recounting process but we did support logistically on the front end getting ready, making sure to get all the equipment, all the supplies necessary, and then supporting the recount process,” Miller added. “But none of us were involved in the actual recount.”

Since Smith requested the recount, she will be responsible for the cost. Smith previously posted a $4500 deposit for the recount.

“We will tally up all the costs, submit those to the Secretary of State. Whatever costs are applicable to the applicant will be forwarded on to them if there’s a balance beyond what they’ve already paid,” Miller said.

Mayor Nelson said she was grateful for everyone who took part in the recount process and all of the citizens who voted in the May 1st election.

“I knew this was a process and I trust the process. And I think as a voter, I appreciate the people who are trained to run these elections and the people who are trained to run the recount process. 

"So all along, I had trust in the process and I trust the people who are trained and who who value our rights as Americans, as voters for our votes to be heard and valued.”

“Dozens of people have spent their time to follow the process and even we’ve had, you know, people from the Secretary of State’s office who are experts in this and not part of our local community just to add that extra element of certifying that we follow the process correctly.

"I want to personally thank our county election clerks and staff for their hard work in validating the election results of May 1st.

"Our county employees do an amazing job of running our local elections with integrity and professionalism. I also want to thank the City Secretary, the Secretary of State’s office, and all the City staff who carefully followed the recount process.

"Most of all, I’m thankful for our citizens for voting in the May 1st municipal election," Nelson said.