Skip to comments.NC-02 Renee Ellmers Recount Update
Posted on 11/10/2010 6:02:21 PM PST by randita
by RENEE on NOVEMBER 10, 2010 in CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Boards of Election in three counties have met and counted their provisional ballots. Congressman Etheridge has gained 33 votes. Overall, I lead by 1,600 votes.
What is a provisional ballot? When a voter shows up at a precinct, but is not on the list of registered voters, then he or she is given a provisional ballot. Then, later, the local Elections Board determines if he or she is entitled to vote.
What happened Monday night in Franklin County one of the ten counties in my district is an example: On Election Day 187 people cast provisional ballots. The Board approved 70 of those ballots. And disapproved 101. It took no action on 16, asking the State Board of Elections for assistance.
The remaining seven counties in my district will count their provisional ballots by Friday. Then every County Board will meet and conduct a canvas to verify the updated vote totals. If, at that point, I lead by over 1% of the vote, unless Congressman Etheridge brings a legal challenge, I will be certified as the winner of the election. If I lead by less than 1% (as I do now) then there will be a recount of all the ballots.
We have volunteers and attorneys observing each count in each Board of Elections and, so far, they report only one questionable development.
Here is what happened: There are three Congressional Districts in Nash County. On Election Day some voters who live in my district (the 2nd District) voted in one of the other Congressional Districts.
When the Nash County Board of Elections counted those ballots they found some of the voters had cast straight Democratic ballots.
A Democratic observer immediately spoke up and urged the Board to count those votes for my opponent Congressman Etheridge.
In other words, the Democratic observer was saying if a voter had supported Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield in the 1st District then his vote should be counted for Democrat Congressman Bob Etheridge in the 2nd District.
The Republican Board member objected and, after discussing the issue, the Board threw out the ballots.
The Democrats made the same argument in another county and that Board, quite properly, disallowed the ballots as well.
I want to thank everyone who has contributed or helped me raise money. Due to your support we have been able to identify and resolve problems like the one above.
By Friday, when the Boards meet we will have spent nearly $70,000, and if we proceed with a recount (which Congressman Etheridge has already announced he will request) we are facing another $150,000 in various bills and operating expenses.
If you have not given please consider making a contribution today.
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington want Congressman Etheridges vote back in Congress. With your help we can insure an honest victory.
P.S. Nancy Pelosis Democrat Congressional Committee is raising money for Congressman Etheridge, telling donors to give to pay for his recount to defeat me because I will vote to repeal Obama-care!
I like a fighter who stands up to the scumbag Democrat cheats.
Couldn’t happen to a more pompous jerk...ETHERIDGE.
As the old saying goes: "Politics is business and business is politics".
If elected, I sincerely hope Ms. Ellmers takes a page from Regan's philosophical beliefs in that, to be successful in politics, it is many times left to the willingness to compromise. However, success never comes from compromising into the direction that takes this nation and its future into the darkness of socialism and morale decay.
Renee is a Palin endorsee.
Which is probably why she is not getting more support from the RNCC and the Republican Party.
Send her something. Rooting for her won’t get the job done.
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