Here's how some Hays County races would have ended if all votes were counted

Here is a how a few races in Hays County would have ended if all votes had been counted. Only one election result would have changed, and it has since been overturned by a judge.

Here is a how a few races in Hays County would have ended if all votes had been counted. Only one election result would have changed, and it has since been overturned by a judge.

During the Nov. 8 election, 1,816 ballots went missing after a malfunctioning electronic voting machine was taken offline and the machine's memory card was temporarily misplaced, Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson told the Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

Due to state law, which dictates that once the votes have been canvassed they cannot be added to or subtracted from, the 2016 results canvassed by Hays County and multiple cities will stand.

At Commissioners Court on Tuesday, commissioners raised the possibility of having a state representative or senator sponsor legislation in the current legislative session that could allow the ballots to be counted in the official total.

The only election to be swayed by the missing votes—seven propositions related to bond issuance for the Anthem Municipal Utility District near Kyle—was overturned by a judge after an election contest.

Anderson said the elections office plans to address the issue by implementing new equipment logging systems and updating the county's voting technology. Despite the misplaced ballots and the equipment malfunction, Anderson emphasized that the electronic voting system retained the votes it had tallied before crashing.

“The [mobile ballot box] that went down was at the end of its life,” Anderson said. “To make sure this doesn’t happen again is to make sure that we have the latest hardware and software. Even with all that, the voting machine was accurate. It kept data. It did not destroy data.”

Straight-ticket voting


In the initial canvass of the votes more county voters chose to vote a straight Republican ticket than a straight Democrat ticket.

Initial returns

Republican: 22,129
Democrat: 20,149
Libertarian: 1,026
Green: 486

Lost ballots

Republican: 454
Democrat: 517
Libertarian: 15
Green: 4

Total

Republican: 22,583
Democrat: 20,666
Libertarian: 1,041
Green: 490




President


The Trump/Pence ticket still won Hays County, but when the lost ballots are factored in his victory shrank by 161 votes.

Initial returns

Donald Trump/Mike Pence: 33,826
Hilary Clinton/ Tim Kaine: 33,224
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld: 3,630
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka: 1,061

Lost ballots

Trump/Pence: 768
Clinton/Kaine: 929
Johnson/Weld: 63
Stein/Baraka: 15

Total

Trump/Pence: 34,594
Clinton/Kaine: 34,153
Johnson/Weld: 3,693
Stein/Baraka: 1,076

Hays County sheriff


Hays County sheriff incumbent Gary Cutler still won his race, and his victory over challenger Rodrigo Amaya grew slightly with the lost ballots.

Initial returns

Gary Cutler: 39,512
Rodrigo Amaya: 30,405

Lost ballots

Cutler: 903
Amaya:  849

Total

Cutler: 40,415
Amaya: 31,254

Constable, Pct. No. 2, Constable No. 2


The outcome of the closest race on Election Day would not have changed, but challenger Michael Torres saw victory over three-decade incumbent James Kohler grow slightly with the lost ballots.

Initial returns

James Kohler: 7,017
Michael Torres: 7,127

Lost ballots

Kohler: 65
Torres: 82

Total

Kohler: 7,082
Torres: 7,209

Proposition 1—Public safety facilities


Voters throughout the county approved Proposition 1, and the margin of approval grew slightly when the lost ballots are factored in.

Initial returns

For: 32,332
Against: 30,872

Lost ballots

For: 948
Against: 622

Total

For: 33,280
Against: 31,494

Proposition 2—Transportation projects


Voters approved Proposition 2 by a wider margin than Proposition 1. With lost ballots factored in, the approval margin grew by 505 votes.

Initial returns

For: 37,721
Against: 25,704

Lost ballots

For: 1,038
Against: 533

Total

For: 38,759
Against: 26,237

Anthem Municipal Utility District (seven total propositions)


This election outcome changed, and a judge overturned the initial outcome through an election contest.

Initial returns

For: 0
Against: 1

Lost ballots

For: 2
Against: 0

Total

For: 2
Against: 1

San Marcos Mayor


Ruben Becerra and John Thomaides still ended up receiving the most votes with the lost ballots factored in, so they still would have headed to a runoff.

Initial returns

Sam Brannon: 2,430
Jacob Montoya: 1,246
Cherif Gacis: 436
Ruben Becerra: 4,231
John Thomaides: 3,903

Lost ballots

Brannon: 192
Montoya: 51
Gacis: 27
Becerra: 239
Thomaides: 340

Total

Brannon: 2,622
Montoya: 1,297
Gacis: 463
Becerra: 4,470
Thomaides: 4,243

San Marcos City Council, Place 1


Prewitt handily defeated challenger Rene J. Compean in the Place 1 race for San Marcos City Council.

Initial returns

Rene J. Compean: 2,857
Lisa Prewitt: 7,885

Lost ballots

Compean: 170
Prewitt: 632

Total

Compean: 3,027
Prewitt: 8,517

San Marcos City Council, Place 2


Saul Gonzales and Shane Scott were still the top two vote-getters, so they still would have headed to their runoff, even with the lost ballots accounted for.

Initial returns

Saul Gonzales: 3,932
Shane Scott: 3,387
Allison Cason: 1,134
Lisa Marie Coppoletta: 2,617

Lost ballots

Gonzales: 252
Scott: 254
Cason: 66
Coppoletta: 233

Total

Gonzales: 4,184
Scott: 3,641
Cason: 1,200
Coppoletta: 2,850

San Marcos City Council, Place 3


Initial returns showed Jason Montgomery narrowly edging Ed Mihalkanin by six votes, but with the lost ballots factored in, Mihalkanin actually received more votes. The two candidates still would have headed to a runoff though.

Initial returns

Jason Dalton Montgomery: 2,730
Ed Mihalkanin: 2,724
Brian K. Henderson: 1,790
Gaylord Bose: 2,387

Lost ballots

Montgomery: 173
Mihalkanin: 284
Henderson: 99
Bose: 188

Total

Montgomery: 2,903
Mihalkanin: 3,008
Henderson: 1,889
Bose: 2,575

Buda City Council, Place 1


Lee Urbanovsky and John Hatch still would have headed to a runoff because neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 election.

Initial returns

Lee Urbanovsky: 1,852
Theodore Kosub: 325
John Hatch: 1,683

Lost ballots

Urbanovsky: 7
Kosub: 0
Hatch: 15

Total

Urbanovsky: 1,859
Kosub: 325
Hatch: 1,698

Buda City Council, Place 2


Hopkins margin of victory over challenger Jeffrey Morales grew slightly when the lost ballots are factored in.

Initial returns

Wiley Hopkins: 1,872
Jeffrey Morales: 1,484

Lost ballots

Hopkins: 12
Morales: 9

Total

Hopkins: 1,884
Morales: 1,493