Recounting in Rockdale…

November 13, 2012 13:02 pm

by Mike Hassinger · 11 comments

As a rule, recounts don’t change election outcomes. Also, as a rule in Georgia, incumbent Sheriffs don’t lose. But they’re recounting ballots in Rockdale County, because it appears that incumbent Sheriff Jeff Wigington lost his bid for re-election, by 34 votes out of some 37,000 cast. So one of those “rules” is about to be proven wrong. See my earlier post about Rockdale County here, and feel free to read the entrails and predict the future in the comments of this OPEN THREAD.

benevolus November 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I guess they are recounting the absentee and provisionals because there ain’t nothing to recount with the electronic votes.

drjay November 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

they do actually run the electronic votes again (obviously they don’t tend to change) and then yes go through the absentee and provisionals again…

SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Have they got their shoes off yet?

Calling a reprint a “recount” is ridiculous. Democrats put this ridiculous laptop computer voting system in place for the whole state of Georgia a decade ago – never mind that existing law said there had to be a “hand recount” on any questionable election, and I believe it called for an automatic “hand recount” of any with a margin of less than 1%. The law’s language was later amended somehow so they could get by with using a reprint of the computer results. As we all know, computers never mess up, right?

Republicans are in charge of state government now, and it is time for them to clean up this mess. Throw out the unverifiable, unauditable laptop system in the 2013 Session. Require a high-speed scanner compilation of paper ballots that each voter can verify before handing in, and have those paper ballots for an actual recount if necessary after any election.

benevolus November 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

This isn’t a partisan issue.

SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Darned right it’s not! It affects every Georgia voter and every election, be it state or local. I’m just saying that since the Republicans are the ones who now have the power to do so, they should fix it.

John Konop November 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Do you think the federal government will or will not enforce pot laws in places that decriminalize it, why or why not?

………(CNN) — The residents of Colorado and Washington state have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and all hell is about to break loose — at least ideologically. The problem is that pot is still very much illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration must decide whether to enforce federal law in a state that has rejected the substance of that law.

What makes this development fascinating is that it brings into conflict two important strains of political thought in America: federalism and moralism.

Federalists, who seek to limit the power of the federal government relative to the states and individuals, will urge a hands-off approach. Moralists, on the other hand, strongly believe in the maintenance of an established social order and will argue for continuing enforcement of federal narcotics laws……

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/opinion/osler-marijuana-federal-law/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Mark Rountree November 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Threadjack.

Lea Thrace November 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

*snickers*

John Konop November 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Open thread?

John Vestal November 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

The recount in Rockdale apparently resulted in a change of one vote.

jakey November 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

You may want to tell that to Scott Stevens (sheriff) in Union County. Don’t try to reach him at his office number after the new year starts.

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