We’re having some issues here in Franklin County, Indiana, seemingly stemming from new voting machines or software from Fidlar Election Company. The general election last week was our first time using them.
All the Libertarian Party candidates got in the 6-8% range- about half a dozen times more than anywhere else in the state. Heck, I’m not even the top vote getter among Libertarians here.
I’m getting ready to go watch a re-count, or “re-canvas” as our poor beleaguered county clerk insists on calling it. We’re due to convene within the hour at the courthouse, with several representatives of Fidlar trucked in, and new memory cards. Thankfully, we do have actual physical ballots to “re-canvas.”
They seem to think that there was a simple error that switched the straight ticket votes for the county between Libertarians and Democrats.
Looking at those numbers scares me a bit, though. 1022 “Democratic (LIB)” votes versus 60 “Libertarian (DEM)” votes, according to this “final canvas” sheet would seem to mean I’d personally owe them 962 votes (1022 minus 60) from my US Senate bid.
Problem is, I only got 821 votes in Franklin County, which looks like it means I’m going to be owing them 141 votes. What am I going to do? I already spent the 821 votes, let alone paying back the 141 I’m short.
Can anybody spot me a few hundred votes till the next election?
Here are the vote listings from the Secretary of State for Franklin County as of today, 11-11-2004 at 6PM as I head out to re-canvas:
President and Vice-President of the United States Statewide
Kerry, John F. John Edwards (Democratic) 2299
Badnarik, Michael Richard V. Campagna (Libertarian) 707
Bush, George Walker Dick Cheney (Republican) 6978
Kennedy, John Joseph No Candidate Filed (Write-in(Dem)) 0
Cobb, David Patricia LaMarche (Write-in(Green)) 0
Bone, Lawson Mitchell No Candidate Filed (Write-in (Ind)) 0
Nader, Ralph Peter Miguel Camejo (Write-in (Ind)) 10
Brown, Walt Mary Alice Herbert (Write-in(Socialist)) 0
United States Senator Statewide
Bayh, Evan (Democratic) 4597
Barger, Albert (Libertarian) 821
Scott, Marvin (Republican) 4396
Governor and Lieutenant Governor Statewide
Kernan, Joseph E. Kathy Davis (Democratic) 3218
Gividen, Kenn Elaine Badnarik (Libertarian) 759
Daniels, Jr., Mitchell E. Becky Skillman (Republican) 5822
Kapetanov, Velko No Candidate Filed (Write-in (Ind)) 0
Attorney General State
Hogsett, Joseph H. (Democratic) 2771
Milewski, Aaron T. (Libertarian) 839
Carter, Steve (Republican) 5920
Superintendent of Public Instruction State
Williams, Susan (Democratic) 2891
Hauptmann, Joe (Libertarian) 937
Reed, Suellen (Republican) 5600
United States Representative District 6
Fox, Melina Ann (Democratic) 2715
Roots, Chad (Wick) (Libertarian) 740
Pence, Mike (Republican) 6154
State Senator District 42
Welsh, Barry Alan (Democratic) 1000
Jackman, Robert N. (Republican) 2447
State Representative District 55
McGlothen, Jason B. (Democratic) 651
Marcum, John (Libertarian) 345
Hoffman, Robert A. (Republican) 2731
Holland, Christopher A. (Democratic) 316
Duncan, Cleo (Republican) 1115
Bischoff, Robert J. (Democratic) 3164
Goodpaster, Mike (Libertarian) 659