Marshall-Collins Now Certified

Interestingly, the Collins campaign gave its statement only to WMGT in Macon, which I think was a grand idea. No one else even gave the semblance of fairness to the Collins campaign in the race.

The statement reads, in part:

Today the Office of the Secretary of State has indicated that the difference in the votes in the 8th Congressional District Race will be 1.1%. Under State Law a candidate must have a 1% difference in the vote to call for an automatic recount.

Despite this requirement a recount is still a legal possibility which Congressman Collins has chosen not to pursue. We however we reserve the right to ask for a recount if any evidence of widespread voter fraud is uncovered.

4 comments

  1. richardr says:

    The Collins statement was well written. He has put forth that there are concerns over the election results but will not subject the people to a cumbersome process of a recount or legal battle.
    I do have one question and hope it could be clarified which one of the following statements is not completely honest. One says a recount is possible the other says different?

    Collins Statement;
    Today the Office of the Secretary of State has indicated that the difference in the votes in the 8th Congressional District Race will be 1.1%. Under State Law a candidate must have a 1% difference in the vote to call for an automatic recount.
    Despite this requirement a recount is still a legal possibility which Congressman Collins has chosen not to pursue.
    Marshall Statement:
    Under Georgia law, a
    recount after certification may not be requested by the losing candidate
    if the difference between the winning and losing candidates is more than
    1% of the total votes cast.

  2. Bill Hagan says:

    Erick: In all fairness many of the small newspapers did a very good job at being fair and balanced in their reporting of the race in the 8th Congressional District. I think the Moultiere Observer’s Lori Glenn did a great job of covering this race in an unbiased fashion. She presented both sides of the issues and was fair to both Mac and Mr. Marshall.

    Also:

    Richardr in answer to your question the following information is available on the Secretary of States website. In the unlikely event that widespread voter fraud was uncovered such a provision could likely be used to contest an election.

    Contesting an Election (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-520 – 21-2-529):

    An election contest must be filed within five days after the certification of the
    results of the primary, runoff, or election in question.

    A result of a primary or election may be contested on one or more of the
    following grounds:

    (1) Misconduct, fraud, or irregularity by any primary or election official or
    officials sufficient to change or place in doubt the result;

    (2) When the defendant is ineligible for the nomination or office in dispute;

    (3) When illegal votes have been received or legal votes rejected at the
    polls sufficient to change or place in doubt the result;

    (4) For any error in counting the votes or declaring the result of the
    primary or election, if such error would change the result;

    (5) For any other cause which shows that another was the person legally
    nominated, elected, or eligible to compete in a runoff primary or
    election.

  3. Erick says:

    Thanks Bill. I do think the Telegraph, WGXA, and WMAZ, particularly WMAZ and the Telegraph, never gave Mac a chance. The Editorial Board at the Telegraph was insulting to him and WMAZ’s idea of equal time was to cover Jim Marshall and talk about Jim’s attacks on Mac as coverage of Mac.

  4. Bill Hagan says:

    Erick:

    I won’t disagree with you but it is really water under the bridge. You don’t put yourself on the public stage without expecting to get beat up. It is all part of the game of politics.

    These days there no longer seems to be true separation between the newsroom and the editorial board.

    However in all fairness there are many fine and unbiased journalists at all the organizations you mentioned. As for the others they should follow my lead and simply become OP-ED writers.

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