Re: SJ Mercury News: Recount names a new winner inVallejo mayor ra

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat Dec 08 2007 - 09:59:11 CST

ES & S-

Per Solano County CA- It takes 3 teams of 4 people ( 12 people) 3 days (
7 hr days ) or 20 hours to count 20,000 votes by hand ----1,000 votes per
hour

 

Best- Brent

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From: Greg Christopher [mailto:stork@electronify.com]
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Does anyone know what technology was used?
Greg

On Dec 7, 2007, at 8:32 AM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> I wonder how many person hours it took to recount the vote?
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> http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_7656279
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> Recount names a new winner in Vallejo mayor race
> By Sarah Rohrs
> Vallejo Times-Herald
> Article Launched: 12/06/2007 09:07:11 PM PST
>
> VALLEJO - In another twist to Vallejo's mayoral race, Osby Davis won
> the contested battle Thursday with three votes - less than two days
> after Gary Cloutier had been sworn in to the city's top political
> seat.
>
> The four-day recount resulted in a loss of eight votes for Cloutier.
> He had been ahead by five.
>
> The final vote tally was Davis with 5,718 votes and Cloutier with
> 5,715. The new tally came exactly one month after voters went to the
> polls.
>
> Davis is expected to take the oath of office at the City Council
> meeting Tuesday, and Cloutier will remain mayor until then, said City
> Attorney Fred Soley. The council will likely certify the county
> results before Davis is sworn in, Soley added.
>
> "It's awesome, unbelievable, and I'm really excited," Davis said,
> shortly after learning he had won.
>
> Cloutier said Thursday evening he and his campaign will evaluate
> their options over the next several days, including a legal
> challenge. County officials said the next effort to overturn the
> results would have to occur in court.
>
> "This has been an unusual election in an unusual time for Vallejo,"
> Cloutier said. "I believe the extreme closeness of the election and
> the recount results warrant very close scrutiny. At this time, we are
> in the process of exploring our options and we expect to make a
> determination in the next few days whether a challenge is
> appropriate."
>
> Solano County election officials said the new results can be traced
> to vote changes from six challenged ballots, and two ballots that had
> been counted twice by election machines. Registrar of Voters Ira
> Rosenthal attributed Cloutier's 8-vote loss to "mechanical error" in
> the counting machines.
>
> Rosenthal added he was surprised the recount overturned Cloutier's
> previous lead. Previously, his Assistant Registrar of Voters Lindsey
> McWilliams said he had never had a recount change the outcome.
>
> "We went through every ballot to make sure they were counted,"
> Rosenthal said. Observers from all four mayoral candidates
> participated in the manual recount in which 12 election workers
> counted, by hand, all 19,733 ballots.
>
> The manual ballot tally resulted in 10 fewer valid ballots than the
> machine count, Rosenthal said. He attributed the discrepancy to
> ballot misfeeds.
>
> McWilliams said there were 61 challenged ballots, which he and
> Rosenthal reviewed and reached a consensus on what the vote should be.
>
> Davis spent $8,490 on the recount, but will be reimbursed his costs
> since the outcome was in his favor.
>
> Manual recounts are "always likely to show some difference in voting
> results because human observers can make judgments about voters'
> intent that electronic counting machines cannot," Rosenthal said, in
> a prepared statement.
>
> Davis, an attorney and former county supervisor, will become the
> first African-American mayor of Vallejo.
>
> Cloutier, meanwhile, had received statewide attention as the first
> openly gay mayor in the Bay Area. Controversy over his Nov. 18 public
> intoxication arrest in Palm Springs also made recent headlines.
>
> Thursday's recount results cap a month of surprises in the mayor
> race. First came a tie on election night, then Davis was up by one
> vote, then fell behind by as many as 52 and as few as five votes as
> more absentee and provisional ballots were counted.
>
> Davis asked for a recount Nov. 29 when county-certified results Nov.
> 24 gave Cloutier the edge with five votes.
>
> But, doubt and uncertainty over the election results was not in the
> air as a joyous throng of supporters greeted Davis Thursday afternoon
> before he conducted a press conference. He kissed and hugged numerous
> supporters, and smiled, waived signs and cheered.
>
> "I want, first and foremost, to give praise, honor and glory to my
> Lord and savior Jesus Christ. This campaign was never about me and it
> never has been. It is about the things my God wishes me do in this
> wonderful city of Vallejo," Davis said.
>
> Surrounded by his family, Davis said Thursday Cloutier had not
> mentioned a legal challenge when both candidates were informed of the
> recount results. He did say Cloutier congratulated him.
>
> Davis said he is "not concerned" about a legal challenge, and added
> he has never wavered in his belief he would be mayor. He also pledged
> to help unify people, and would work hard to face the many difficult
> challenges facing the city, such as the budget deficit, and
> increasing public safety costs, and improving schools.
>
> "We have confidence and we are excited about the opportunity to serve
> the community," Davis said. He added he would work hard with the
> citizens and city staff and that Vallejoans would see improvements in
> their city in a year. As a leader, he said he would strive to bring
> people together.
>
> Davis also praised Cloutier for the professionalism he showed during
> the campaign and recount. Likewise, Cloutier thanked Davis for the
> "courteous conduct he has shown during the election and the recount."
>
> Cloutier supporter Mike Haworth said he was shocked by the results.
> "It makes you wonder how accurate the count is," he said.
>
> Echoing a sentiment offered numerous times throughout the campaign,
> Haworth said a city charter change is needed to require a run-off
> election if a mayoral candidate does not get more than 50 percent of
> the vote.
>
> Times-Herald staff writers J.M. Brown, Andrea Wolf, Sara Stroud and
> City Editor Mary Leahy contributed to this report.
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