Posted by TenantNet on September 14, 1997 at 02:00:19:
In Reply to: Re: Margarita Lopez posted by Mariel on September 14, 1997 at 01:14:40:
: : : I heard an unconfirmed rumor that Margarita Lopez has indeed taken the
: : : City Council seat in Lower Manhattan following a re-count of the votes
: : : from last Tuesday's primary. Is there truth to this?
: : : It would be a wonderful thing!
: : .
: : I have heard this also. I haven't seen anything in the media about it (Rapfogel was pronounced the winner on Tues. night). I just heard about it on Sat. morning and am going to make some calls on Monday or maybe Sunday to find out what exactly is going on.
: Also, Ron Kuby was announcing on WABC radio that Margarita had won. He stated it as a fact, not a rumor.
OK here's the scoop.
First, Mariel from Dorsai.org. I don't know what you're doing, but when
you're posting messages, most of your messages come in without your text
and just the quote from the previous message -- so it's essentially
blank. Please make sure you hit the "Submit Follow Up" button (just
once is OK).
Second, I'm glad to see people interested in this race.
Third, Ron Kuby is not the final word on this race (neither are we).
Fourth. There was a miscount on the machines on the night of the election.
One machine was counted as 350 for Rapfogel where the actual total was
actually 35 (a difference of 315). There are three sets of numbers:
The police send the results to the Election News Service which gets
reported to the media (which is why the media reported Rapfogel the
winner -- this was where the discrepancy was). Second, there's the official
inspector's report and third, the campaigns have poll watchers to close the
polls and take numbers.
With this discrepancy (the machines were checked again -- I think on Saturday)
at this time Lopez is leading by 156 votes.
However, it's not final. There are still 166 absentee ballots and around
700 affidavit ballots still to be counted. There are also (we think) a
number of "emergency ballots" -- used when machines break down -- to be
counted. I think that will happen Tuesday or Wednesday. By the end of the
week, the results will be official. I don't know the law on this, but I
think either side could get a recount after that. Most likely that will
depend on any reported irregularities and the size of the margin. It
does look good for Lopez, but let's wait until it's final. We will put out
a newsletter (if you're on the mailing list) a bit later.
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