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That Was Too Close

I was at the County Clerk’s office Friday evening when I was handed the final results in the District H race at around 7:30 pm. A 16-vote win for H-Town City Council Member Karla Cisneros. Very close.

Commentary has not been involved in a close election in the provisional vote era. I didn’t know much about the process to count them. I do now.

They deal for the most part with not being on the voter registration list, being listed at a different precinct or address, misspellings, mail ballot issues, and not having a voter ID.

There were 18 provisional voters countywide dealing with voter ID and only 2 from within District H. 1 from H “cured’ their ballot, that means they came into the voter registrar’s office and presented their proper voter ID. The other 17 didn’t.

The other 505 or so provisional ballots dealt with the other issues. I was a Karla Cisneros poll watcher for the Harris County Ballot Board’s meetings and watched them go through the provisional voter’s affidavits. We don’t get to see the ballots.

The final results posted on Election Night, last week, had Cisneros ahead 5,283 to 5,271. A 12-vote lead. The final count handed out Friday had Cisneros 5,305 to 5,289. 40 more ballots were cast, and they went 22-18 Cisneros. Got it?

My hats off to Isabel Longoria and her campaign.

Congrats to Karla.

I ordered a few Christmas gifts online and they have arrived. I went into Christmas shopping full bore Saturday and made progress. Got some out of the way yesterday and I took my Dad along. Still have a wee bit left.

Changing the subject. Tex-Mex restaurants in H-Town would be better off if they had a larger array of craft beers on the menu. Some don’t offer it altogether. I was at a birthday party at Ninfa’s Uptown Saturday evening and they had a couple of choices. Original Ninfa’s on Navigation has maybe a couple. Next door at El Tiempo, nada. Teotihuacan has a few. Cadillac Bar, nada. Times are a changing.

If you are into the Christmas tunes like Commentary, you have probably run across “Christmas Island” that starts like this:

How’d ya like to spend Christmas
On Christmas Island?
How’d ya like to spend the holiday
Away across the sea?
How’d ya like to spend Christmas
On Christmas Island?
How’d ya like to hang a stocking
On a great big coconut tree?

It has been recorded by a few artists including Guy Lombardo and the Andrews Sisters, Leon Redbone, Kristen Chenowith, and Jimmy Buffett. My favorite is by the Lennon Sisters.

Just so you know, Christmas Island is in the Indian Ocean and it is a territory of Australia.

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