PALESTINE, TX—Therrell Thomas, fresh off his loss to Palestine District 5 Councilmember Doug Smith, declared in a late night interview with The Dogwood Tale that he knows that there was voting irregularities and has demanded a recount.
City Secretary Teresa Herrera verified that a recount will begin on Monday.
“I know for a fact I should have won,” Thomas said. “You see, I had this all planned out on my road to victory and I know where things went wrong. The city simply needs to look at each ballot and verify that the voter intended to vote for Doug Smith and not for me.”
Thomas explained that most of his voters were probably intoxicated when they voted and while meaning to vote for him, their vote could have been mistaken as a vote for Smith.
“When I began my campaign, I was sitting at my liquor store and it hit me. I can make this happen,” Thomas, who only had 39 likes on his Facebook campaign page, explained.
“I gathered up bottles of liquor from the shelves of my store and traveled the city, visiting each meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. After inviting the attendees to have a drink and a snack and then some more drinks, I convinced each one to vote for me. Smith had 109 votes, but I know, for a fact, that I got at least 150 people to fall off the wagon right into the polls.”
Thomas said a recount will show that voters, who must put an ‘X’ in the box by the name of their chosen candidate, will find that many may actually be outside the Smith box or not inside a box at all.
“Those votes belong to me because they couldn’t keep it between the lines,” Thomas declared, “And any vote where it’s not between the boundaries of the box are mine!”
Thomas said his allegations are not without merit because he’s conducted a thorough investigation to make sure he was on solid ground before bringing the allegations forward.
“Despite those restraining orders, I returned to each one of those Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and those guys, who I’m sad to report are back at Step One in the program, tell me that they did vote and that their vote was cast for me, Therrell Thomas.”
The city secretary says the recount could take days as each vote will need to be examined to decide the true intent of the voter.
“Both candidates will be present to challenge ballots and a decision will be made by a citizen committee and their decision will be final,” Herrera said.