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Clifton ISD Responds to KXXV Broadcast

The May 10, 2014 Clifton ISD bond election was conducted by the City of Clifton. All election workers were secured by City Secretary Pam Harvey and approved by the Clifton City Council. Election workers were Dan Ahart, Neal McDowell, Jan Ahart, Ricky Richards, Jo Atkinson, and Tejal Bhakta. Election workers counted the ballots from the May 10 election. Election officials certified the results of the May 10, 2014 election to the Clifton ISD Board of Trustees. A copy of that document is shown below, labeled Provisional Ballot Count.

The decision to accept or reject provisional ballots was made by election officials after consultation with the legal department at the Secretary of State’s office. A copy of the email communication between City Secretary Pam Harvey and the Secretary of State’s office is shown below. The Clifton ISD Board of Trustees does not have authority to accept or reject ballots. On Monday, May 19 the Clifton ISD Board of Trustees canvassed the election returns as certified by election officials.

In the agreed judgment reached between Mr. Golden and Clifton ISD, Clifton ISD acknowledges that procedural errors made by one or more election workers caused the provisional ballots of Sheila Hohertz, John Thomas, and Sharman Golden to be determined “fatal” by the Secretary of State’s office.

The Bosque County Tax Assessor-Collector's office is responsible for maintaining a list of voters registered in each of the school districts throughout Bosque County. Effective January 1, 2014, the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court reduced the number of voting precincts from sixteen to eleven. Voter precinct #8 covers both Clifton ISD and Cranfills Gap ISD. Staff in the Bosque County Tax Assessor-Collector's office mistakenly listed some Clifton ISD voters on the Cranfills Gap ISD list of registered voters. In addition, some Cranfills Gap ISD voters were mistakenly listed on the Clifton ISD list of registered voters. The properties in question are located in a rural area, outside the city of Clifton, along school district boundaries.

A complete copy of the KXXV article, paired with the response of Clifton ISD and the documents referenced in the above statement are included in the attachment in this post.