Race of the municipal council of district 3 decided by two votes
Matthew Callahan toppled outgoing Elgin Ward 3 City Council chairman Alvis Prince by just two votes in Saturday’s municipal election, unofficial election results show.
Callahan scored a narrow victory after receiving 60 votes, or 51%, against 58 votes for Prince, or 49%.
Prince was appointed to city council on January 5 to fill a vacancy on Ward 3 council until Saturday’s election.
Bastrop County Election Officer Kristin Miles said there was a provisional ballot that had been cast in the Ward 3 race. The County Electoral Board is due to review the provisional ballot on Monday at 9 a.m. . Miles warned that if the polling station approved the provisional ballot, it alone would not overturn Saturday’s election result.
Elgin City Council’s three races in the May 1 poll, including one in Ward 1 and one in Ward 2, were decided by 19 votes or less separating the candidates.
Arthur Gibson III defeated Sarah Gudenkauf for the Ward 1 siege by 19 votes. Gibson got 66 votes, or 58%, against 47 votes for Gudenkauf, or 42%.
Gibson, a third-generation Ward 1 resident, lost a bid for a Ward 1 council seat in November to Elgin Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Bega.
At Ward 2 headquarters, Skyler Maldonado defeated Ashley Smith by nine votes. Maldonado finished with 37 votes, or 57%, against 28 votes for Smith, or 43%.
In Texas, a tie triggers an automatic recount. Saturday’s unofficial results have yet to be analyzed, which would make them official. Applicants can also request a recount.
Miles said state law requires a partial manual recount of the elections in each electoral cycle and that his office will likely perform a manual recount of the Ward 3 race.