Joe McComb Officially Asks For Recount in PCT 4 Runoff

Nueces County will have a new commissioner for precinct 4 beginning next year, but incumbent Commissioner Joe McComb is hoping to hold on to that seat.

Early this morning Commissioner McComb officially requested a recount of the election results from the May 27th runoff election. Challenger Brent Chesney won the seat by 143 votes on Tuesday.

McComb claims there was some confusion with the ballot boxes and may have delivered inaccurate results.

McComb's letter to Nueces County Republican Party Chairman Mike Bergsma is published below.

Election Results
County Commissioner, Precinct No. 4, 20 of 20 Precincts Reporting
Brent Chesney - 2,016 (51.84-percent)
Joe McComb - 1,873 (48.16-percent)

Letter from Joe McComb, Nueces County Commissioner Pct. 4
Mr. Mike Bergsma, Chairman
Nueces County Republican Party

Dear Mike,

I tried to reach you several times by phone tonight after arriving at the Nueces County Courthouse and discovered there was a vote tabulation problem. However, I left you a voicemail since I was not able to make contact.

Please consider this my official request for a recount of the vote results for the Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Republican Primary Runoff Election for Nueces County Commissioner, Precinct 4.

There was an admitted problem/error in the computer program used to count the returns by Mrs. Diana Barrera, Nueces County Clerk. The problem caused a great deal of confusion and inaccurate/incomplete totals being reported. It is in the best interest of the Nueces County Republican Party to have true and accurate results for the voting public.

According to Mrs. Barrera, you have all the "Republican ballots" , computer tapes, discs, records, bags or whatever the material  is called. Please take the steps necessary to protect the integrity of all this material until the recount process is set up and a "recount committee" has been established. Any cost associated with a recount should be the responsibility of either the Nueces County Republican Party, Nueces County or both.

My concern is that the voting public have confidence in the accurate calculation of the votes cast, regardless of the outcome.

Please advise me when you have scheduled the recount. Your prompt attention to this request is appreciated.

Joe McComb


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