COPPERAS COVE — The City Council canvassed and declared the official vote totals in the runoff elections Dec. 13 between Dan Yancey and Chuck Taylor, and between Jay Manning and Gary Kent, during a special workshop Wednesday.
The canvass is the official tabulation of the election results. David Morris, Place 1 on the council, moved to approve the action to declare the results, and the motion was seconded by George Duncan, Place 6 on the council. The motion was unanimously approved.
“For an election ordered by an authority of a political subdivision other than a county, the election shall be canvassed by the political subdivision’s governing body,” said City Secretary Lucy Aldrich, who led the discussion.
The official cumulative report showing the election results was attached to the agenda item for the council to review before it approved the motion.
In the runoff election, Yancey received 68.66 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 471 votes for the Place 3 seat on the council. Taylor received 31.34 percent, or 215 votes.
“In accordance with the returns, Dan Yancey ran opposed for the position of council member, Position 3, receiving 471 votes, a majority of the votes cast in that race, and is hereby declared the winner,” Aldrich said.
Manning received 76.54 percent of the unofficial votes for the Place 4 seat on the council, with a final tally of 545 votes. Kent received 23.46 percent, or 167 votes.
“In accordance with the returns, Jay Manning ran opposed for the position of council member, Position 4, receiving 545 votes, a majority of the votes cast in that race, and is hereby declared the winner,” Aldrich said.
A runoff was required because none of the candidates in the Place 3 and Place 4 races received more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election, which drew three candidates for each place. No provisional ballots were cast in the runoff election.
Manning and Yancey will be sworn into office during a council workshop Jan. 17, according to Kevin Keller, public information officer for the city.
Also unanimously approved at the meeting was the authorization of the city manager to cast the city’s vote through a Texas Coalition for Affordable Power ballot submission by Dec. 30.
The coalition’s board is responsible for developing a strategic plan and supporting policies with the goal of obtaining reliable, low-cost electricity for its members, ideally through predictable, long-term contracts, according to the meeting agenda.