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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:00 am, Tue Apr 15, 2014.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Multiple voters reported ballot mishaps at the Cedar Valley Elementary School polling location, where 16 voters were mistakenly given ballots for the Killeen District 3 City Council election.

The school was a consolidated polling site for Precincts 208, 209 and 210.

"I walked over to the little booth and said, 'Wait a minute; I don't live in District 3,'" District 2 resident Teresa Knepp told the Herald.

Knepp said she was handed a ballot for the District 3 election and voted in the election after elections officials told her everyone was supposed to have the ballot, even after she pointed out her district on a map.

Midway through the voting Saturday, City Attorney Kathy Davis went out to the location of the reported mishap to look into the problem.

"There was a mistake," Davis said Saturday night. "Sixteen ballots were given out to residents outside of District 3, but since the difference between the top two vote-getters was 166 votes, the 16 mistaken ballots could not have a material effect on the outcome of the election."

Challenger Terry Clark beat out incumbent Councilwoman JoAnn Purser by 166 votes. A total of 570 votes were cast in the election.

Clark took in about 53 percent of the vote with 304 votes, while Purser drew about 24 percent of the vote with 138 votes.

Challenger Harold Butchart garnered about 23 percent of the votes with 128 votes.

The results provided by the city become final after the official canvass of the election returns Tuesday or May 24.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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