Somervell County Commissioners canvassed election votes during a meeting Monday morning.

Canvassing is a rigorous process used to validate votes and voters.

ďItís the official election results that we submit to the state,Ē said Cathy Thomas, elections coordinator for Somervell.

Among the votes canvassed were approximately 15 military ballots.

Precinct 5 had the highest voter turnout with 69-percent and the county averaged a 60-percent turnout.

One problem the county faced this election season was a problem that every county in the state has faced.

Many people mark that they want to register to vote when they go to apply for or renew their driverís license. Thomas said sometimes the voter registration cards donít get mailed out and people donít realize they are not actually registered to vote. Also, cards may be sent to an old address.

If a voterís registration card is returned as undeliverable, that person is tagged and their voting status is suspended. Someone can stay on suspense for two years, but if updated information is not received, their voter registration card expires and they are no longer eligible to vote.

Nov. 30 is the statewide deadline for Texas voters to get their information up to date. Anyone who does not have a valid card or is not sure about their status should contact the county at 897-2419.

Commissioners decided to table an amendment to the Economic Development Program.

Under Texas law, counties can use public money to make grants or loans to businesses as part of their economic development programs and to help encourage new business growth in the county.

County Attorney Ron Hankins said outside counsel Mike Dixon is working to bring a business to the community but would like to make a change to the countyís current program. Commissioner James Barnard motioned to table the changes, allowing all commissioners a chance to review and consider the proposed chanced. Commissioner Lloyd Wirt seconded and the motion passed.

Commissioners approved fees for a CPR program to be offered by the Somervell County Fire Department.

The classes are tentatively set to run on Friday and Saturday, with a minimum of four students per class. The course will cost $25 and includes a manual and certification card.

The county will not make money off the classes, but the commissionerís agreed it was an important service for county residents. The manual alone costs $20 and laws require that each student have one.