March 11, 2009
For Immediate Release:
I was certainly hoping for better numbers from the voting machines at Fairview Precinct today, but the numbers show otherwise. Even though I have a right to ask for a recount under state law and also challenge the election result due to irregularities with the voting machines used at Fairview precinct, I have decided not to do so. Given the state of our economy, the taxpayers' resources should be focused on providing services to Fairfax County's residents and Braddock District's residents need someone to represent them on the Board of Supervisors to start working on important issues such as budget and transportation as soon as possible. I do not want to cause any delay.
I am humbled by and grateful for all the support that I have received from many supporters and more than 6,000 votes cast in the special election on Tuesday. I would like to congratulate Mr. John Cook for waging a strong campaign and wish him well on the Board. I look forward to working with him on education issues as a school board member.
Cook (R) wins Fairview by 19 votes, Braddock district by 89..
3:24pm: After Fairview is fully counted, they'll do a full canvass of all the machines in the district. This is not a recount, it's just adding up the tally sheets from each machine to make sure there are no discrepancies.
According to my source, it's a mess in there and there are just too many people. But they have just opened the good machine (the one of two that didn't crash) and with that machine, Moon is ahead by 6 votes. They haven't yet opened up the bad machine, so it's not over yet!
The process of verifying that there are 707 votes has been finished. At noon the provisional ballots were brought out.
There were three, not four, provisional ballots. All of these were from people who had received absentee ballots. All three were verified, counted and included. The results of the provisional ballots were Cook 2, Moon 1. So the unofficial count is now:
Ilryong Moon (D) 5,869
John Cook (R) 5,939
Cary Campbell (I) 244
The Board has adjourned for a lunch break and will reconvene at 1pm. Unfortunately, I have to leave but I have two contacts - one Democratic and one Republican - who will hopefully give me updates.
Nothing new, but I've learned that there were two voting machines per precinct, so half of the votes in Fairview were counted but aren't included yet.
Still calling out the voter numbers.
They're going through the book a second time because there were a few numbers missing. In another room, they're looking at four provisional ballots. This is going to take at least another half hour. I'm probably not going to hang around for this but it's being covered by other people as well. A staffer for Moon is videotaping it, and Channel 9 is there.
I'm at the Fairfax County Government Center where the process began about an hour ago.
The official running it said that they spoke to the vendor of the voting machine and it is an anomaly that nobody's seen before.
First, they are checking off the 707 votes in the poll book to make sure there are 707. It's taking a long time to call out each voter number.
The exciting part will come next when the voting machine in question is brought into the room. Then they will take a look at the "ballot image log." That will be explained in detail when they get to it.
I'm sitting between two young Republicans and I've been chatting with them. One said he heard they're "in for a pleasant surprise."
The other guy said he reads BC more than he ought to, and that there's "a lot of good intel" here.
BREAKING NEWS 10:54 PM:
Due to an inoperative voting machine in precinct 105 Fairview, Braddock District, the unofficial election results are incomplete. In accordance with §24.2-642 of the Code of Virginia the results will be ascertained at the Electoral Board meeting, March 11, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., in Conf Room 315C of the Fairfax County Government Center.
-Fairfax County Elections Board
The race for Braddock District Supervisor is looking very close with only one precinct, the most populous one, yet to call in.
Here's the link to check the returns:
Ilryong Moon (D) 5,868
John Cook (R) 5,937
Cary Campbell (I) 244
If we lose this one, then it's our own damn faults. Fingers crossed...
According to Fairfax Co's info on their performance in the primary, Fairview voted between 29.3 and 41.3% Democratic. 55-65% of them participated in the Republican primary. This does not look good.
53 absentee ballots have been recorded but their preference has not been listed on the unofficial returns page.
Please note: Absentee numbers by precinct represent the number of voters who applied for absentee ballots, NOT the number of absentee ballots returned and counted. The total number of absentee ballots that WERE returned and counted is listed by candidate in the candidate columns.
So, they basically haven't reported any ballots for Fairview precinct.
Still no news.
Not looking good, but I'll have to wait 'til tomorrow to see the final numbers.
If we take the average turnout percentage of 17% and apply it to Fairview, we get 860 total votes in a Republican-leaning precinct. It's not likely that he would get over 50% there, so Cook will probably maintain his lead.
If 860 voters turn out in Fairview, and they vote the way they did on Feb. 3rd (57% for Bulova), then the result would be 496-364, giving Moon a 132 vote lead. That's enough to overcome Cook but we'll see what happened tomorrow.