Turrentine on Ref. Omit, 06/02/66: Harris County Clerk R. E. Bob Turrentine comments on the possible implications of an election foul-up. Nearly 14,000 ballots cast in the May 7 Republican primary were invalidated after it was determined that they had omitted a pledge to support the GOP nominee in the general election. The pledge was required under the Texas Election Code. As a result, county officials were presumably left with only 36 absentee ballots to determine the election. This posed a particular problem for those running for justice of the peace positions. While all three candidates ran unopposed, they had not received any votes from the valid absentee ballots. By the time the mistake was uncovered, however, Turrentine had already certified the results and the deadline to contest the election had passed.