As the Vote Turns

Lost amid all the other news recently, is that VA still hasn’t certified all of the Commonwealth’s state races due to a number of races requiring recounts.  The 94th district was closest. David Yancey (R) initially led by 10 votes after election night. After the recount, Shelly Simonds (D) led by one vote. Now a three-judge panel has declared the contest a tie after one additional contested vote was determined to have been uncounted for Yancey. Control of the House of Delegates rests on this contest (either 51-49 [R] or 50-50), and under VA law, the winner is decided by lot in the event of a tie. The loser can then demand a second recount. I’ve never seen an election so crazy.

There is still a wild card in the 28th district where Democrats are petitioning for a new election when it was realized around over 100 voters were registered in the wrong district by the registrar in a race that was only 82 votes apart. The twist? The registrar has since died so no one has an explanation why she registered people incorrectly, but the Department of Elections conclusions were developed by manually checking addresses of voters, which identified at least 384 registered voters wrongly assigned to either the 28th or 88th district, then comparing those names against voter rolls from Nov. 7. Of the 384 voters, 110 were wrongly assigned to the 88th District but should be in the 28th; 207 were wrongly assigned to the 28th but should be in the 88th; and 67 were wrongly assigned to the 28th but should be in a third neighboring district, the 2nd. The analysis concludes 125 voters incorrectly voted in the 28th District, where the State Board of Elections was due to certify results that show Republican Bob Thomas leading Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes. It finds 22 voters wrongly cast ballots in the 88th House of Delegates District, where Republican Mark Cole won re-election by 4,104 votes. There is no way for elections officials to know which candidate any of these voters cast ballots for.

So there is a possibility that if Democrats are successful in getting a new election, we could go from 51-49 (R) to a decision based on a coin toss to a decision based on a new election all in a matter of days.

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Author: The Sinistral Bassist

Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common. -Satchel Paige

10 thoughts on “As the Vote Turns”

  1. This demonstrates the salient point never even whispered by our overseers in the fourth estate: that government, which presumes competency to direct every aspect of our – its subjects’ (not citizens’) – lives, blatantly lacks the capacity to perform its core functions, like conducting accurate and credible elections.

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  2. Thanks. Good to be here. As I am among the computer illiterati, I must decline John’s invitation to help improve the code. In fact, I may need some “code-eling.”

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  3. Does any honest person doubt that if you took out the votes of aliens, the dead, the nonexistent, and the like that the Republican would have won by a solid margin?

    I just renewed my driver’s license and had to repeatedly actively avoid reregistering to vote. Do you think any ineligible person went to that extreme.

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  4. In Switzerland, driving licenses are good for life, but after age 70 every two years you have to submit a certificate from a medical doctor that your health and vision are acceptable.  Driving licenses have nothing at all to do with voting.  You don’t “register” to vote—when you become a resident of a commune by depositing your papers, you’re automatically added to the tax roll and voter list (the latter depending upon your citizenship and residency status: citizens can vote in federal, cantonal, and communal elections; permanent residents at the the canton and commune levels [this is usually the case, but there are exceptions in some cantons and communes]; and non-permanent residents cannot vote).  Once you’re on the list, you receive ballots automatically in the mail.  There is no declaration of party, and no primary elections—how the parties choose their candidates is up to them.

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  5. @chef, I bet that pleases a lot of older Swiss women who can continue to use an old driver’s license photo.

    When I renewed, the female clerk wanted to keep taking pictures of me to get one with a low chin count. I told her I did not care.

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  6. 8 years in VA, and if memory serves, we can renew once online without taking a new photo so you can go 16 years without actually going to the DMV. PILF has found with the DMV/voter registration, thousands of illegal aliens were registered (and had voted) in VA, many of their forms clearly indicating they were not US citizens.

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