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The North Texas Daily
Thursday, November 10, 1988
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
72nd Year No. 43
Republicans win county after tardy tally
a day late
in Denton County
By Mike Drago
Maybe Marsha Keffer, president of the Denton County Democrats, said it
best for Democrats before she announced preliminary elections results late Tuesday
“Get some aspirin,” she said. “There’s plenty at the back of the room.”
At least four of five key races Tuesday brought headaches for the Democrats.
The races for U.S. House District 26, state representative District 59, state
senator District 22 and state board of education District 11 went to Republican
Dr. Jerry Yeric of the political science faculty said Wednesday, “If you've
got a Republican tag under your name, you’re in pretty good shape in Denton
County. There are just a lot more of them.”
Even some Democratic incumbents who won in their districts had trouble
staving off opponents in Denton County. One of those was Democrat Bob Glasgow,
who was running for re-election as state senator in District 22.
Glasgow won 56 to 44 percent in the district, which includes portions of 13
counties, but was beaten in Denton County 51 percent to 48 percent.
“We’re lucky Bob’s district doesn’t include all of Denton County,” Glasgow’s
office coordinator Jo Luker said. “His advantages in other areas arc strong
enough to overcome his shortcomings here.”
District 22 comprises the city of Denton and portions of Flower Mound.
Yeric was not surprised that Glasgow won the district.
“I think if Glasgow can hold close to a 50-50 share of this county, he’ll do
well in other areas," Yeric said.
In one race, the one for District 59 state representative, Democrat Karen
Abernathy failed to overcome the waves of Republican voters as she was defeated
by Republican incumbent Jim Hom 60 to 39 percent.
“1 was a little bit surprised with Horn’s margin,” Yeric said “Abernathy
ran a good race. She really ran hard. She did everything one could do to overcome
the straight-ticket voting, which was about 63 percent on the Republican side."
One of the more lopsided wins Tuesday was Dick Armey’s successful re-election
to the U.S. House of Representatives for District 26. Jo Ann Reyes could muster
only 29 percent of the vote in her effort to unseat Armey, a Republican.
“There really wasn’t an aggressive campaign run against Armey," Yeric
said “1 don’t think there was ever any doubt about that one 1 don’t see any
reason that he will be unseated unless they redistrict.”
In the race for the State Board of Education District 11 another Republican
was victorious. Jane Nelson had no trouble defeating Dorothy Adkins as Nelson
rounded up 64 percent of the vote to Adkins’ 35 percent
“Here, I think you have the impact of the southern part of the county,"
Yeric said. "Nelson is from Lewisville and I think that’s the one that probably
made the difference."
One person who overcame the Republican majority in Denton County did so
by being known in Denton. Democrat Buddy Cole held off a strong surge by
Republican Troy Glenn to win another term as county commissioner in Precinct
Cole, who previously served a term as county judge, won by a 52 to 47
“We did a lot of work in getting out the vote,” Cole said. “I’m very
happy with it. The first thing I'm going to do is go deer hunting."
Yeric said Cole was helped by the fact that he has a long family history in the
county. “First of all, you have his name identification." he said. "Then,
you have the fact that in his area, the northern part of Precinct I, his family is
well known I think that probably tipped the scale there.”
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Karen Abernathy, left, former candidate for District 59 State Representative,
and Jo Luker, Denton County coordinator for Bob Glasgow.
Students sign to vote
Campus drive left some unregistered
By Brian Alford
Between 30 and 40 NT students who filled out voter
registration forms on campus had to sign affidavits to be
able to vote in Tuesday’s election.
The students had to sign affidavits because they did not
receive their voter registration cards from the county clerk
“The students who did not have their registration cards
said they had registered on campus at West Hall or the
Union," said Donald Cox, an election judge who presided
over Precinct 4G at the Coliseum.
The other precinct affected was 4L at Denton Baptist
“We started with seven affidavits, and we turned in
three times that number by the end of the day," said Cox.
“We ran out of them early in the day, and had to get
more. We even gave some to the other campus precinct
Cox said the number of affidavits signed could have been
higher, but many students didn’t want the hassle.
Mattie Minin, a voter registration clerk for Denton County
said, “An individual must be willing to swear that he or
she made an attempt to register to vote,” Moon said. “It
will be up to the election judge at each site to determine
whether or not an individual’s story is true."
As an example. Moon said that if an individual put his
voter registration in the mail and for some reason he did
not receive a card, he may go to his polling place and sign
an affidavit swearing that an effort was made to register.
However, she said that the excuse must meet the approval
of the election judge before an affidavit may be signed.
This does not apply to those who simply forgot or
made no effort to register," she said
The affidavit, a written statement made on oath before a
See ‘Affidavit’ on Page 3
Predictions say law increased state turnout
By Joe Toland
Texas’ new absentee balloting law did not
produce a higher turnout in Denton, but predictions
from state and county officials say statewide
turnout will jump from 47 percent in 1984 to 75
or 80 percent this year.
The Denton County Clerk’s Office repotted that
69,980 voters cast ballots in 1984 — 71.6 percent
of those registered that year.
This year 70.47 of Denton County’s 122,606
registered voters cast ballots.
The new law gave voters the ability to vote
absentee without having to provide a reason.
“That’s the difference this bill has made,"
said Tom Cain of the Denton County Democrats.
“We’re getting people to the polls. It's a hassle,
though. The system was definitely not prepared
to handle this load."
An overload of votes, especially hard-to-count
absentee ballots, kept some county officials
counting until Wednesday afternoon.
In Dallas, nearly 160,000 voted absentee, county
elections administrator Bruce Sherbet said That
was three times as many absentee voters in Dallas
County than 1984.
Another problem in absentee voting in Dallas
was that black people and hispanics were not
afforded the same opportunity to vote absentee
as their white counterparts. KRLD radio in Dallas
The Dallas controversy was that the county
election board made a decision not to locate an
absentee polling place in predominantly black
South Dallas. A polling place was finally added
at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center,
but not until the final days of absentee voting.
“We had heavy absentee voting,” Denton
County Clerk Marilyn Robinson said. "We started
the process at 8 a m. Monday morning There's
so much paper work in doing absentee counting
It takes a long time. Until you see it in action,
you can’t understand why it takes so long We
had 12 people handling 23,000-plus ballots."
Then at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night, a piece of
paper about the size of the head of a thumbtack
created a 3- to 4-hour delay, Robinson said
A final report for Denton County was not
completed until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Tim Hodges, chief deputy county clerk for
Denton County, said he spent the majority of his
weekend preparing for Tuesday's count.
“I worked all night Friday, Saturday and
Sunday afternoon and Sunday night." Hodges
said. “That’s too much. When you come in to
election day already worn out. that’s not right
That’s too much work to do. and it's work that
can’t be done until the polls close."
The bulk of the problem, Hodges said, stemmed
from Section 127.124 of the Election Code, which
states that absentee vote counting cannot begin
until 24 hours before election day. What county
officials didn’t realize was that so many people
would vote absentee. In Denton, 7,354 voters
cast absentee ballots in 1974. This year 23.714
absentee ballots were cast
That left county officials with not enough time
to count votes.
“It made it more convenient for the voters."
Hodges said, “but it was a massive impact for
us here. It was just too much We need help
from the Legislature We need to get more time
from the last day of absentee voting to election
See ‘Harris’ on Page 3
By Rogers Cadenhead
and M.C. Moewe
Because of a faulty ballot machine,
Denton County was the fourth-to-last
state county to report Tuesday's election
returns when they were finally com-
pleted Wednesday afternoon, election
Seventy percent of the 120,000 reg-
istered voters in Denton County cast
ballots in Tuesday's general election.
For county sheriff candidate Kirby
Robinson and county commissioner
prospects Lee Walker. Republican in-
cumbent. and Buddy Cole. Democrat,
the half-day’s wait had a happy ending.
Receiving 64 percent of the vote,
Robinson won the sheriff’s race in a
three-way battle with Democrat Ben
Thurman and write-in candidiate Jack
In the Precinct 3 county commissioner
race. Walker defeated Democrat David
Witherspoon by 20 percent. Cole won
a close race over Republican Troy
Both Walker and Robinson said they
were happy about the final results but
would have been happier Tuesday night.
Robinson said he was confident of
victory election night but frustrated by
the delay. "Until you get those num-
bers you don’t know,” he said.
Walker said the noon release of the
results was "sort of an anti-climax."
She said, “1 don’t feel bad because
this was my third time, but I ^;lt sorty
for people like (Robinson) who didn’t
get all the neat things that normally
happen when you're elected for the first
With only I percent of the absentee
votes counted, a ballot-reading sensor
failed at 10:30 p.m Tuesday, county
election officials said
Count Clerk Marilyn Robinson said
the machine could not be fixed, so
another was brought by police escort
The replacement arrived at 1 a m.
Wednesday, but mechanical problems
delayed ballot counting for more than
three hours, Robinson said.
She said the presence of two write-in
candidates. Jack Mathews in the county
sheriff s race and Bill Coleman running
unopposed for surveyor, added to the
delay. “Those have to be tabulated by
Funds were allocated in October to
replace Denton’s tabulating machine,
although it had never broken down
before, Robinson said She said the
8-year-old machine received regular
maintainence checks, but a sensor
problem is not easily detected.
In other races. Republican Tracey
Kunkel, a Roanoke interior designer,
took 64 percent of the vote for District
Clerk, defeating Democrat Patte Kent.
Democrat Robert Mills took 52 per-
cent of the votes in the Justice of the
Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1 seat He
defeated Republican Jack Martin
See ‘Tabulating’ on Page 3
NT’S FINEST—Patrolman Guy Toliver of the NT Police
Department checks with his dispatcher. Toliver said
Scott MMor/NT Duly Stall
the most stressful thing about being a police officer is
maintaining a good family life See Page 4
Bv Stephanie McCollum
All students have two extra days,
today and Friday, to teleregister
The extension from Wednesday’s
deadline was made to allow more stu-
dents to register or revise their schedules
and avoid going to add/drop at the
Coliseum It will also allow GTE South-
west. which helped set up the system,
to work out some problems with tele-
registration, Registrar Joneel Harris said
Wednesday in a telephone inters lew
from Corpus Christi, where she was
attending a conference
One-third of the 1.401 students who
telercgistered Tuesday were making
changes to schedules already entered into
the computer. Hams said she believes
extending the telcregistration period for
students who missed their assigned times
will result in a 20 25 percent decrease
in the number of students who will go
through add/drop at the Coliseum in
She said if 900 students went through
the system Wednesday, the total number
of preregistcred students would be
14,500. This would be a 7 percent
increase over the spring 1988 preregis-
tration total of 13,521, close to NT's
9.5 percent enrollment increase over last
The increases in preregistration will
help alleviate Coliseum registration
pressures brought about by growth, she
If it is necessary to keep registration
from running late at night, as it did at
the first of this semester. Hams said.
Coliseum registration schedules will be
She said she did not think that would
be necessary, but that students would
be notified — probably by mail — it it
Also, telcregistration has caused
problems with the university phone
system, and the extended registration
time will allow GTE and NT employees
to work on the problem, Harris said
Campus phone users have had to wait
for dial tones and have not been able
to transfer calls The problem is that
freshmen, many of whom live in the
dorms, have needed to telcrcgi ,ter within
the same time period Heavy use of
dorm phones, which are part of the
See ‘Heavy on Page 3
TWAIN TALK — Pascal Coviei
Jr of the English faculty at Southern
Methodist University will lecture
today at NT on “Mark Twain and
the Puritan Tradition." See Page 5.
RADIO WAVES — NT s radio
station, KNTU-FM 88 I. is operated
by students with advising from faculty
members The station began opera-
tions in 1969 See Pages rt and 7.
MATH CLASS — Brian Boney ex-
plains the playoff situation for
the NT football team. See Page S.
Today's high lower 70s
Low tonight lower 50s
High Friday mid 70s
Here’s what’s next.
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