Third place in a GOP primary for the Texas House district that includes Burleson and Milam counties gets a paper ballot recount – Reuters
The third runner-up in the Republican primary for the Texas House District, which includes Burleson and Milam counties, gets a paper ballot recount.
HD 17 also includes Lee, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.
Tom Glass, who lives on a ranch in western Lee County, got 424 votes on a runoff in the five-person primary.
In a statement, Glass said he had not seen evidence that election administrators had done anything questionable.
He cited allegations of remote hacking into Texas electronic voting systems during the 2020 presidential race to demand a recount of paper ballots.
Glass thanked more than 100 donors who paid the $5,600 deposit required for the recount.
Glass says the recount will be done in Burleson, Lee, Bastrop and Caldwell counties, which have paper back-up systems. He said that represents about 81% of the primary votes that were cast.
Tom Glass campaign press release:
Tom Glass, Republican candidate for Texas House District 17, has submitted a petition to the Republican Party of Texas to manually recount paper ballots instead of relying on electronic results in his race.
Explaining his reasoning for requesting the recount, Tom Glass said: “As a retired systems security specialist, I am aware of the many ways electronic voting systems can be compromised. I have worked for many years to see that Texas election systems have backups of paper ballots that can be used to verify the integrity of electronic systems. If an election integrity verification tool is not used, it is worthless.
Four of the five House District 17 counties (Bastrop, Caldwell, Burleson and Lee counties) have paper back-up systems, so these are the counties where the manual paper recount will be conducted. This represents approximately 81% of the votes cast in the race.
“I didn’t have the funds for the $5,600 deposit required to do the recount,” Glass said. “But I’m glad more than 100 donors have helped pay to explore if there were any electronic compromises in this race. No public funds are being spent on a recount.
“I have not seen any evidence that has led me to conclude that the House District 17 election administrators have done anything questionable. They do demanding work that presents many challenges,” Glass said. “But given the allegations of remote hacking into Texas electronic systems during the 2020 presidential race, many Texans want to be sure that our elections in Texas are not compromised.”
“According to my reading of Texas election law, only a few candidates in any cycle are able to request a recount. My understanding is that if I hadn’t taken this step, the opportunity for the people of Texas to see the results of a manual paper recount in this cycle might not have happened, and that was another motivation to push for a recount. said Tom Glass.
According to unofficial results, Glass came in third in a five-man race, with just 424 second-place votes that would have put him in the second round.