Kaufman County election officials counted the sequestered mail-in ballots on Friday, May 25 after the Texas Attorney General’s Office Elections Integrity Unit and the Texas Rangers did a review.
The races for Kaufman County Judge, Commissioner Precinct 4 and Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 all underwent a supervised count because the races were too close to call after the May 22 election.
86th District Judge Casey Blair signed a temporary restraining order to hold the sequestered ballots until the state’s Attorney General’s Office and Texas Rangers could oversee the process. This is due to allegations of voter fraud and ballot harvesting alleged in a lawsuit that was filed by Gooden.
The unofficial results in the race for Kaufman County Judge has Hal Richards ahead with 4,341 votes, 55 percent of the vote. Jakie Allen has 3,535 votes, 44 percent of the vote.
The unofficial results in the race for Precinct 4 commissioner has Ken Cates ahead with 1,144 votes, 50 percent of the vote. Monty Roberts has 1,116 votes, 49 percent of the vote.
The unofficial results in the race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 has Amy Tarno ahead with 1,111 votes and 51 percent of the vote. Scott Whitaker has 1,039 votes, 48 percent of the vote.