Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr.
Alice Echo-News Journal
As of late Monday, Jim Wells County Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez had not received an order from the District Court concerning a new election in either the Pct. 3 Commissioner or Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace races.
“I’ve heard they’re calling for a new election in both races, but we haven’t received an order or anything yet,” Valadez said. “I don’t know what they’re requesting or what they want to do yet.”
Currently, Valadez’s office is preparing for several early voting locations at the end of April for school boards and municipalities around Jim Wells County.
Orange Grove, Premont, Agua Dulce and Pernitas Point are all holding elections beginning at the end of this month.
Consolidation of those races, Valadez said, would be out of the question.
As far as voting machines necessary for new elections, Valadez said the necessary machines would be found, either among the machines the county owns or elsewhere.
Elections Administrator clerks were checking machines downstairs at the courthouse on Monday to see which would be usable for a new election.
Valadez is in contact with the manufacturer to see what would be needed, as far as reprogramming the Mobile Ballot Box disks to handle the new elections.
“The May elections are taken care of, but for any election after that, we would have to wait a certain period to get the machines reprogrammed,” Valadez said.
She said it was too early to estimate how much new elections would cost the county.