A voting machine malfunction in Comal County has forced a recount of the Nov. 5 election results, which include three Schertz City Council races. Comal County officials are trying to determine how 2,415 ballots that were not included in the initial election results were discovered in an audit of the county’s electronic voting machines The revised election results so far have not affected the outcomes of the three Schertz council races – Places 3, 4 and 5. Schertz’s city limits extend into three counties — Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal. Today, Comal County election officials will canvass the results of the Nov. 5 election. After the canvassing , county elections administrator Julie Kassab said the county will request a court order for a recount. “We will canvas the original results from (Nov. 5) even though we know they are inaccurate,” Kassab said. “As soon as we’ve canvassed (the ballots), we will go to the district court judge to request the recount be done as soon as possible.” Kassab said the recount, which will be done by hand, should take three to five days to tabulate.
Early voting results from Comal County showed that 103 ballots were cast in the Schertz City Council elections. On election day, only 13 ballots in Comal County were counted for all three council races.
Kassab said the county was having mechanical issues retrieving data from its electronic voting machines but thought the problem had been resolved until the audit was conducted.
The audit revealed that 649 ballots were cast in the Place 3 council race, even though there are only 540 registered voters in the part of Schertz within Comal County.