Re: SJ Mercury News: Recount names a new winner

From: Greg <stork_at_electronify_dot_com>
Date: Sat Dec 08 2007 - 12:45:15 CST

I guess the good news is that they weren't using a touch-screen
system.

There wouldn't be a recount.

Greg

On Sat Dec 08 07:59:11 PST 2007, Brent Turner
<brent@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:

> 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 -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Christopher [mailto:stork@electronify.com] Sent:
> Friday, December 07, 2007 7:43 PM
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] SJ Mercury News: Recount names a new
> winner
> inVallejo mayor ra
>
> 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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>> Subject: [OVC-discuss] SJ Mercury News: Recount names a new
>> winner in Vallejo mayor ra
>>
>>
>> http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_7656279
>>
>> 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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