Provisional Ballots Reverse the Fate of 2 West U Charter Amendments
The belated count of 280 provisional ballots has reversed the outcome of two proposed West University Place City Charter amendments. On election night, the two proposals passed by just one and two votes respectively.
Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart accepted most of the 280 provisional ballots by mail. Provisional ballots are only considered if they could change the outcome of the election. This was one of the rare cases where they did.
Proposition 2 was originally reported as having passed by a single vote. It provided for increasing the number of qualified voter signatures needed for citizen legislative initiatives from 3 to 5 percent. Instead of passing, The final count resulted in Proposition 2 failing by two votes.
Proposition 3, originally a winner by two votes, increased the percentage of signatures required by residents seeking to repeal ordinances from 3 to 5 percent. In the final adjusted vote, Proposition 3 failed by a single vote.