Pictured: Candidates J.C. Perez III, left, and Juan Rodriguez Jr. waited just outside the district courtroom Saturday as the provisional ballots were being counted. OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Martinez still winner over Rodriguez for Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

The provisional ballet count on Saturday morning effected the Precinct 3 Commissioner's race and named J.C. Perez III as the top vote-getter by two votes, ballot board officials said.

After the provisional ballots were counted, the Precinct 3 Commissioner's race was overturned.

J.C. Perez received 14 provisional votes to Wally Alanis' five votes, which brought Perez's tally to 990 votes to Alanis' 988.

Perez took the race by two votes, according to the ballot board Saturday.

"I'm stunned," Perez said Saturday. "I think Wally Alanis and myself, we pretty much ran a dignified and positive campaign and he is to be respected for that. I'm glad that in this part of the game I'm ahead and I'm sure there is going to be a recount."

Alanis could not be reached for comment Saturday morning.

In the Precinct 1 Justice of Peace race, the outcome remained the same with Guadalupe Martinez receiving 12 more votes and Juan Rodriguez Jr. obtaining 15 more votes after the provisional ballot count. The total votes for Martinez increased to 2,719 to Rodriguez's 2,703, bringing their race closer from votes to 16 votes.

Rodriguez said the next step in his race is to pursue the recount he requested.

"I'm going to continue my recount," he said. "I owe it to my family and the community because everybody worked so hard. I don't feel there was mandate of the people because of the margin difference."

Each provisional ballot was verified and either accepted or rejected, Juanita Ramirez, early voting presiding judge said. The voting began at 9:07 a.m. and ended at 10:20 a.m.

The ballot board of five individuals and three candidate representatives reviewed 62 provisional ballots Saturday morning and accepted 52 of the ballots and rejected 10 of the ballots.

The ballot count was completed in just over an hour.

There are several reasons for a ballot to be considered provisional during an election.

If there is an issue concerning registration, identification, if the person applied for vote by mail and said they did not apply or return the ballot, or the voter is registered in another precinct instead of where they were trying to vote, among other reasons.

NEW PRIMARY RESULTS

Pct. 3 Commissioner

Election Night Provisional New Total

Alanis 983 5 988

Perez 976 14 990

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace

Election Night Provisional New Total

Martinez 2,707 12 2,719

Rodriguez 2,688 15 2,703