NTCC bond election results called into question

By Joanna Armstrong
News Editor

In an unexpected twist, the fate of Proposition 2 in Northeast Texas Community College’s bond election still remains unknown. On the night of the election, faculty, community members and even the college’s president, Dr. Brad Johnson, gathered in the Whatley to see the results as they came in. Just over 50 percent was needed to pass both propositions on the ballot.
With Titus County only voting 51.2 percent during early voting, Camp County 46 percent and Morris County 47.8 percent, the Election Day results weren’t enough to carry the vote and pass proposition 1. By the end of election night, it was announced that Proposition 2 had passed at 50.9 percent. Johnson sent out an email to the students that night explaining that while proposition 1 hadn’t passed, proposition 2 had.
During the afternoon of Nov. 5, the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune reported that there had been a “discrepancy in the final figures” for the election. Due to conflicting numbers reported by the Titus County Elections Office and a problem with Morris County’s counting machine, the final vote regarding Proposition 2 remains unknown.
While the results are being finalized, Northeast faculty and students wait in anticipation. “We would like to know the outcome just like anyone else,” said Johnson. According to him, NTCC’s plan to revamp the campus is contingent on the passing of both propositions. “You can’t execute the plan without both propositions,” he said. Jodi Weber, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said the outcome would remain unsure until Nov. 11 or 12. “There is no plan B,” said Johnson. “If we failed the next step would be to learn what we could from the voters.”

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