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2012-09-06

Precinct judges, alternates announced

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Following the lead of Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright, commissioners appointed election judges and alternates for 2012-2014. The two-year terms began Saturday, Sept. 1.

Appointees include Precinct 101, Judge Gordon R. Forsness and Alternate Judge Gertrude Mabry; Precinct 102, Judge William "Bill Marshall and Alternate Judge Jay Rath; Precinct 203, Judge Lila Ward and Alternate Judge Judy Thompson; Precinct 204, Mark Dorrough and Alternate Judge John Himes; Precinct 305, Judge Charlie Baker and Alternate Judge Natividad Polanco; Precinct 306, Judge Richard "Dick" Lane and Alternate Judge Donna Payne; Precinct 407, Judge Don Giles and Alternate Judge Essie Stewart; Precinct 408, Judge William "Bill" Baskin and Alternate Judge Sally Garrett; Precinct 409, Judge Tom Riodan and Alternate Judge Joseph Crowder; and Precinct 410, Judge Glenda Slaughter and Alternate Judge Gary Moore.

According to the Texas Election Code, 32.002, both the presiding judge and alternate judge must be affiliated with different political parties.

Before July of each year, the county chairman of the political party whose candidate for governor received the highest or second highest number of votes in the county in the most recent gubernatorial general election submitted a written list of names - in order of preference for each precinct - of those eligible for appointment as an election judge.

In turn, commissioners court appoints the first person who meets the applicable eligibility requirements from the list submitted by the party with the highest number of votes in the precinct as the presiding judge. Additionally, the first person who meets the applicable eligibility requirements from the list submitted by the party with the second highest number of votes in the precinct is appointed alternate presiding judge.

"These judges and alternates will serve two year terms, but the court can appoint others if for some reason they cannot serve their full term," Perez-Wright said in an interview.