Amusing primary election story...

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Amusing primary election story...

Postby kurt_w » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:03 am

This story is kind of amusing.

Connecticut had its primary on Aug. 14. In a state legislature seat for the Hartford/Windsor area, Brandon McGee and Leo Canty each received 774 votes.

Rather than agree to hold a new vote, McGee requested a recount. Unfortunately for him, the recount put Canty ahead by one vote. McGee then apparently sued, and in a second recount two additional uncounted ballots were found. One of the two was a vote for McGee, which tied the race again at 775 votes apiece.

The other ballot was an absentee ballot marked "deceased" because the elderly woman whose name was on the ballot was believed to be dead (thus the reason for its exclusion from the original count). But further investigation showed that she was still living in a nearby nursing home, and the ballot was valid.

To great publicity, the final ballot was unsealed in a Hartford courtroom. Would it give the deciding vote to McGee or to Canty?

Oops! It turns out that the vote was for distant third-place finisher Donald Trinks.

So McGee and Canty will still need to have a re-vote after all.

I dunno if there are any useful morals one could draw from this story, but I found it amusing anyway.

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