School election all tied up

HARLINGEN — Once again, one vote rules the world.

Or at least the school district.

The Early Voting Election Board added one provisional ballot yesterday to the Harlingen school board election returns.

The extra vote created a tie for Eladio Jaimez, 39, and Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, 43. The tie means there could be a special election for the two candidates in about a month.

The Texas Election Code gives the candidates the option of flipping a coin to decide an election. Both candidates must agree.

However, Jaimez and Mercado-Garza both said they do not want a coin toss.

If the candidates don’t agree to a toss, they can request a special election. Either way, the votes will be recounted, probably on Tuesday.

If the recount results in a tie, the candidates can once again choose to flip a coin or proceed with a special election. Once the votes from the May 10 election have been re-counted, they will be canvassed and the results will become official, even if another election is to be held. Cavazos said the votes would probably be canvassed on Wednesday.

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