It wasn’t snowing. It wasn’t flooding. It wasn’t even blowing a gale out.
In fact it was a pleasant, dry spring day, but only 73 voters came out Saturday for the Glen Rose Independent School District Board of Trustees election.
There had been 143 votes cast during the early voting period, according to early voting clerk Judy Shipman, which lifted the total number of voters to 216.
The three incumbents — Jason Dillard, Kelley Snodgrass and Andy Snow — won re-election, capturing the three highest vote totals.
Five candidates were on the ballot in the election to decide who would fill the three expiring places on the board, which has seven at-large members who serve three-year terms.
The two new candidates, Tammy Hille and Kimberly McDonald, failed to earn a seat as they finished fourth and fifth in the voting.
The tiny number of voters may seem even more microscopic considering there are more than 1,700 students enrolled in GRISD schools.
Shipman noted that the GRISD’s board of trustee elections usually take place in conjunction with the Glen Rose City Council election. But this year, because there essentially was no contested city race, the City Council canceled its election — saving thousands of dollars. Glen Rose Medical Center also canceled its board election for the same reason. Therefore, Shipman speculated, the absence of having another election to turn out for may have had a negative impact on the voter turnout.
“In the past, we’ve had more (votes) on election day than we had in early voting,” Shipman said. “It’s an extremely low turnout.
“Since 2010 when they passed the Help America Vote Act, we have had to have a joint election with another entity — we joined with the city to have a joint election. I guess that does bring in more voters.”
Snodgrass, who has served on the board of trustees for 15 years and is currently serving as its president, received the most votes, with 187.
Snow, who has been serving as the board’s secretary, received 163 votes. Dillard was third, with 159 votes.
Hille got 45 votes, while McDonald had 34 votes.
The other four members of the board, whose places were not up for reelection, were Vice President Tom Lounsberry along with Brady Brown, Wade Busch and Kevin Taylor.
Despite the low turnout, Dillard gave thanks to the voters who did make the effort.
“It was good to see voters turn out for the most recent Glen Rose ISD election of trustees,” said Dillard, who will be starting his second term on the board. “Thanks to those that got out and voted. I look forward to continuing my service as a trustee for Glen Rose ISD.”
Snow said, “It’s an honor to be reelected as GRISD trustee. I appreciate the support of the fine folks in our district and surrounding community.”
Snow has served as a trustee for nine years, and will be starting his fourth term on the board.
In his post-election statement, Snodgrass said, “It is with sincere appreciation that I have the opportunity to serve the community, the school district — our students.”