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May Wins Election with Mail-Ins

The Independent Information Resource for Parents and Students of the Dallas Public Schools

[ RAPIDLY DEVELOPING THIS WEEK ]

August 24, 2002 (Dallas) - Jose ?Joe? May won the Dallas Independent School District run off against opponent Mike Martinez through mail-in ballots.  Mr. May lost both the ?in person? early and regular election day, but managed to deliver 212 votes cast on mail-in ballots--almost 4 times that of his opponent.

 

May

Martinez

Total

Mail-In

212

60

272

Early In Person

59

81

140

Election Day

338

441

779

 

609

582

1191

According to the Dallas County Elections Department, 1,191 people (or about 5% of the registered voters) voted in the run-off election. 919 of those ballots were cast in person. Of these, Mr. Martinez received 522 to Mr. May?s 397--a margin of about 57%.

However, 272 ballots were cast by mail.  Of those, Mr. May received 212 (or an eye-popping 78%) compared to the 60 votes received by his opponent.

Mr. May, who has been described by the Dallas Observer as a ?street-level, get out the vote? political operative who walks door-to-door helping people with mail-in ballots, won the election by 27 votes.

Information on mail-in ballot abuse can be found at VoteLegal.Com.

[ UPDATE: August 28, 2002 - Mail-in Voting Records Online ]

According to Dallas County election records, 275 mail-in ballots were received from voters in the Martinez-May runoff. Of these, as reported earlier, 212 were counted for Joe May while 60 were counted for Mike Martinez.

Another interesting statistic may prove to be the number of people who wrote the Dallas County Elections Department requesting ballots, but whose ballots were never received. According to the data, this number is 121, or 30%. What happened to these ballots?

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