Thursday, November 08, 2018
2018 FLORIDA AND GEORGIA ELECTIONS: WE MUST COUNT EVERY VOTE
Count every vote. U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races, one State Senate race and two State House of Representatives seats are too close to call. Our St. Johns County Canvassing Board consists of Judge Charles Tinlin, Supervisor of Elections Vicki Oakes and former City Attorney Ronald Wayne Brown. We look to them to assure the integrity of the recount process here in St. Johns County, Florida.
While few recounts change the outcome, some do. Here's a 2016 article, which limns several famous example.
I was an impressionable Georgetown University freshman and EMK Senate intern observing the 1974-75 Wymn v. Durkin process, described in the Post article and others below. The contested New Hampshire Senate election resulted in a deadlock new special election and the election of Democratic Senator John Durkin in a landslide. Both candidates in the close election, Republican U.S. Rep. Louis Wyman and Democratic State Insurance Commissioner John Durkin, were provided with provisional office space and treated with respect by Senators.
The United States Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body," as Gladstone said.
We must not guess people into the United States Senate. The Seventeenth Amendment gives election of Senators to the people of each state -- not political apparatchicks.
Thus, we reject as trash-talking certain chauvinistic utterances from mouthpieces for Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT (who appointed the Secretary of State in charge of elections and recounts).
"RED-TIDE RICK" SCOTT's proclaiming "victory" in a close election where mailed and provisional ballots have NOT even been counted yet? Sounds authoritarian, hierarchical and infantile, at best.
Meanwhile, devious Georgia Secretary of State BRIAN KEMP, the Secretary of State, is overseeing the election in which he is running for Governor. That's a conflict of interest, being heard by a federal court today. BRIAN KEMP violently purged the election rolls in a discriminatory manner, and should be held accountable for civil rights violations.
SCOTT, KEMP and their TRUMP-besotted casuistries do not deter us.
Count every vote.
From the Washington Post: