Posts Tagged ‘2010 election’

To those of you who don’t think your vote matters the Worcester 6th district says think again:

Republican Peter J. Durant maintained the slimmest of margins — one vote — and declared victory over state Rep. Geraldo Alicea in the 6th Worcester District race yesterday afternoon, based on the last of five recounts held this week.

However, Mr. Alicea, D-Charlton, said he will challenge the result in court, based on an uncounted absentee ballot in Southbridge.

In the final recount here yesterday, the two-hour tally produced four candidate challenges, but no changes in the result of the Nov. 2 election.

So after 5 recounts the republican is still ahead by a single vote, so what is a democrat to do? Why go to court of course!

Mr. Alicea said as votes were being counted yesterday that if nothing changed in the recount in Oxford, he would go to court over an uncounted absentee ballot from Southbridge.

“It’s a process that could take several months,” Mr. Alicea said.

The recount that cut Mr. Durant’s lead from 4 votes to 1 votes has been….interesting:

Questions arose after Durant supporters noticed that the ballot storage box for that precinct did not appear to be properly locked.

Hardwick Town Moderator Ryan J. Witkos, who was observing the count for Mr. Durant, said the box was affixed with one rather than two locks. He said he asked Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust to try to open the box before cutting the lock and “it was able to be opened like it had never been sealed.”emphasis mine

The disputed absentee ballot, which was deemed spoiled, was from that precinct.

I’m shocked SHOCKED. You would think there were all kinds of interesting events going on this election.

You might remember Ny-25 as one of the stops on my pre-election road trip. Well strange things seem to be going on over there.

The first strange thing is the absence of media attention, apparently this is a request from the Maffei campaign that has apparently not fallen on deaf ears:

any vote totals reported before every absentee ballot is counted are grossly incomplete and premature, particularly before ballots in Onondaga County are counted…While the media has responsibility to report the daily developments during the recanvass and tallying of absentee ballots, they also have a responsibility to characterize the early steps in this process accordingly.

Please please please reporters don’t report on the count at this time.

And what is going on that they don’t want reported on? Stuff like this:.

While the reasons for this effort are unclear, many agree it could be an attempt by some to identify who each person voted for in an effort to disqualify certain eligible ballots from being counted,” Buerkle said. “I would like the public to know that my campaign is not connected to this current effort. Further, no American — in upstate New York or anywhere — is in anyway under obligation to provide information to anyone on how he or she voted in any election, including my own.”

Buerkle’s statement did not name Maffei’s campaign as the party responsible for the calls, but a spokeswoman for the Maffei campaign confirmed they are calling voters in the district.

Maffei campaign communications director Abigail Gardner said Monday that while she believes they are asking how people voted, the reason for the calls is to ensure all votes are counted.

“It’s totally legal and there’s nothing really shady about it,” Gardner said. “I think we are asking how people voted, but the most important thing is to make sure that, if somebody cast a vote, that it’s going to be counted. There have been some problems.”emphasis mine

I think we are asking how people voted? I think! You don’t know?

Sure a campaign trying to play with the secret ballot? Nothing shady about that at all. Ann Marie Burkle’s campaign put out this statement:

Buerkle calls on voters who are contacted to ask who is calling and not feel that they must reveal how they voted.

“If anyone is contacted in this effort please know that your vote is privileged and under no circumstances should an individual be pressured into revealing how their vote was cast,” she said. “If you are contacted, ask them to provide their full name, for whom they work, why they are seeking this information and if you are required to provide this information.”

I’ve been wondering why this recount hasn’t gotten the attention others like NY-1 have. As the Maffei campaign lawyers up and activists start heading up to the area to try to salvage a seat from the big red wave, I guess we know why.

More to come.

Update: Looks like that count is heading in the right direction

The difference means that Buerkle has now widened her overall lead in the four-county district to 729 votes, according to unofficial election returns.

Buerkle picked up a net gain of 24 votes in Cayuga County (59 to 35 over Maffei) from absentee ballots, according to Cayuga County Election Commissioner Kate Lacey. Buerkle also had a net gain of 18 votes in Monroe County (630 to 612 over Maffei) after absentee ballots were opened from its three towns in the district, according to figures supplied by both campaigns.

By my calculations Maffei needs to win the Absentees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even counting any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s looking good.

Update 2: Added missing link

My latest for the examiner tell the story of a doomed band of brothers fighting a seemingly impossible fight:

The twin city tea party filled the large event room, there was food, drink and frolic as members celebrated for hours their efforts of Election Day.

A victory party seemed out of place. Just two days earlier Massachusetts democrats had swept every statewide office from Auditor to Governor losing only two Governor’s council races and a handful of State Legislative seats.

When you look at races like ny-23 that are turning on under 2000 votes, think how much it meant nationally for the country for Democrats to be pinned down defending ground they shouldn’t have had to.

I talked to people at Mass and at the K of C yesterday and I was very surprised to hear so much support for Tim Cahill…until I read this:

“As you know, the MCFL State PAC endorsed Tim Cahill for Governor last spring. Tim answered our questionnaire 100% pro-life. He pledged to opt out of the abortion funding in Obamacare. We were pleased for our people to have someone for whom to vote because the other candidates hold aggressively pro-abortion positions.

“Unfortunately, Charlie Baker is still (in his own words) ‘to the left of Barack Obama on social issues’ and Deval Patrick has never been for life.

Occasionally there is a race with candidates whose positions are so stridently pro-abortion that no one in conscience can vote for them. That is the case with Baker and Patrick.

Let me follow up with a pronouncement by the Pope:

… Pastors should remind the faithful of their duty to use their votes to advance the common good. He said when political platforms consider decriminalizing abortion, democracy itself is undermined and “betrayed at its very roots.”

Do I think that Tim Cahill’s abortion platform is for expedience, yup. Could his abortion support in the first place been expedience? Yup, I’ve seen many Catholic Pols shift on abortion and gay marriage in order to move up in the democratic party which is perceived as the only game in town. Now lets again go over the rules for Mortal Sin:

1. Grave Matter (Abortion? Yup)

2. Full Knowledge (Do I know the candidate supports abortion and there is no pro-life alternative?)

3. Done Deliberately (Knowing the two above do I still make that vote advancing abortion?)

I’ve talked to many voters who are planning on the full republican ticket except at the top. It confused me until yesterday when for the first time one of them mentioned abortion. I must confess until yesterday I was totally unaware of this issue (which doesn’t reflect well on me).

I am a Catholic Blogger, a VERY Catholic blogger. Like all members of the Knights of Columbus when I say the pledge at the very end I add the words “Born and Unborn”. I was considering the situation (if the pro life candidate is non-viable is choosing between two pro-abortion candidates allowed?) when I looked at the comments on that Red State post hitting MCFL and at Universal Hub cheering abortion.

One of the reasons why I became a republican is because As a Catholic who you know actually BELIEVES in Catholicism The democratic party brands me a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobic etc etc etc. Reading the comments at those two sites brought back memories of those halcyon days.

For this I give as a gift to those sites the Wheel of Fish award:

Tim Cahill ran as an independent because he believed that “Republican” would always be a dirty word in Massachusetts, that was true until it wasn’t. The same holds true with abortion. It will be a pro-abortion state until it is not.

And I repeat and if Charlie Baker loses this race today, this is the reason.