Patrick Barncastle watches the election results Tuesday during his campaign’s watch party at the Holiday Inn. Barncastle and J. Britt Snyder were running neck and neck throughout the night with Snyder ultimately taking a 12-vote lead after all 55 precincts were counted. Pictured with Barncastle is his daughter, Samantha Barncastle. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
16 provisional votes qualified in GOP primary
Results from the Tuesday primary for Chaves County sheriff still stand at a 12-vote lead for Britt Snyder.
The race for the county’s top law enforcement job see-sawed back and forth Tuesday night between Snyder, a 24-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, and Patrick Barncastle, an investigator for the Chaves County District Attorney’s Office.
Not counted Tuesday night were the provisional ballots, which are set aside because of voting irregularities and not initially counted on election night. Some could be considered valid, and therefore could change the final tallies.
The county clerk’s office is responsible for verifying whether provisional ballots should be included.
At the end of the workday Wednesday, the clerk’s office said there were 21 provisional votes that qualified, with 16 of those cast in the Republican primary.
The clerk’s office could not say how the votes were cast in the four-way sheriff’s primary.
The clerk’s office said there also were two votes in lieu of absentee votes, which means those voters cast their votes at the polls instead of turning in their absentee ballots, and one military tally sheet vote to be added to the totals.
The ballots will be canvassed at 9 a.m. Friday by the Chaves County Board of Commissioners at the County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.