|Recount Tally sheet Mayor's Race|
A friend emailed me to ask what was going on since there wasn't much in the newspapers. I was an observer the afternoon of May 10 and I've been trying to put together a post describing what it was like. A brief preview
- Observers were given total access to watch the account, take pictures, take video, ask questions (if it didn't disturb actual counting) and the counters were patient and thorough in answering questions.
- Some counters were better than others.
- There hasn't been a recount in a long time and those were for individual close races, not for the whole thing. This one has only been for 15 precincts. That means that except for very brief descriptions in the Municipal Code, there are not guidelines for how to do this.
- Thus, a lot of what going on was learning by doing. Different pairs of counters used different techniques.
|City Hall Room 155 - Hand Counting Ballots|
|Inside "the Vault"|
Since the Muni has posted a preliminary report which identifies some sizable gaps in a couple of precincts between the voting machine count and the recount. Not enough to change any race, but enough to raise questions that need to be addressed. Some of the precincts were recounted a second time because of discrepancies between the voting machine count and the recount numbers.
I was told that the newly elected school board candidates have had their swearing in postponed once again. It won't happen this Monday and the following Monday is Memorial Day.
The Clerk's office is going to hold a press conference on Monday morning.
|Black Diebold bag with Service High ballots|
Mel at Bent Alaska has been doing the very best job on the election and you can see her post on the recount that is much more detailed than mine.