November 2007

Now that Election Day is a week behind us, we figured it’s a little odd to continue blogging on an “Election Blog.”

So, starting today, new posts will appear over at

And, to answer the questions from the comments section over the weekend: Yes, the Daily Dose exists, and yes it will be used to a fuller extent very soon.  For the moment and the short-term, using the outside WordPress site is easier and more sensible, for a variety of reasons.

In any case, enjoy your Veterans Day.


Here’s the gist:

  • Rushton will be calling for a full hand recount of every ballot from Tuesday’s election.
  • He cited the number of ballots marked blank — 925 — that might actually have been intended for one side or the other.
  • Cited problems with the Diebold boxes used, claiming when they were initially used, Ray Mariano’s ballot wasn’t counted during a demonstration.
  • Also said there are enough questions locally and nationally about the boxes that a full hand recount was the only way to ensure a fair count. Said that the software didn’t always count completely.
  • Repeated that this is not a political decision, but “about the process.”
  • Claimed the recount would cost around $7,000; had no idea on time line.

On Jordan Levy, Rushton just said: “One of the problems with the machine if you make an x or a check or go outside the line, your vote won’t be counted.”

  • “At end of day, if I win, that’s great.  If I lose, that’s great too.”
  • One-half of one percent “is the standard nationwide for a recount.”
  • Recount will be top-to-bottom
  • Like any computer…it malfunctions
  • Just cited Lukes suing the city in the 1990’s to become vice-chair


Something obviously changed Rushton’s mind between Tuesday night and today.  Either that, or he was acting when he told several people he wouldn’t be asking for a recount if it wasn’t automatic.

Either way, how this plays out for Rushton is going to be interesting.  There is definitely going to be political and public fallout for him, and this is just going to add to the legacy of Murray/Rushton (and back to Levy) versus Lukes.  A recount is, by nature, a protracted affair, and chances are this won’t be a neat and clean thing.

Highly Unprecedented…925 Blanks….questions On Boxes Used…recount Is Verification Of Vote….need To Erase Shadow Of Doubt…seeking A Full Recount…not An Expense, An Investment…i May Win I may lose but citizens get what they deserve. Were Going To be asking for a full count. this box has never been subject to a recount.

The handcount is the only way to check…box is source of controversy nationwide…

It doesnt bother me the results either way–

Cites Problems with boxes…will be about 7000 dollars for a full hand recount. Until this morning, i was going the other way. At The End of the day we dont have a true count. the process is more important than myself or konnie..

Rick is asking for a full hand recount

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