The Kissell recount; my day as an observer.

Here are some of my observations from the machine recount in Cabarrus County today:

I arrived at the board of elections at 9.45 and found out that the recount had started at 9.15, not 10.00 like I was told.

The Observers were 2 young "bimbos" that worked for Hayes, A lady called Firth that worked for the U.S. House (but that obviously was a republican) and Me. An hour later Larry G. (Chair of the cabarrus GOP) arrived. So it was me and 4 republicans.
A reporter for the Observer also showed up in the afternoon, together with a photographer.

In Cabarrus County we voted by way of optical scan on election day and touch screen for the early vote.

I had a printout handed to me that explains in detail what procedure they followed for the recount. They basically just fed all the ballots through 2 M650 counting machines. Whatever ballot was not counted by the machine (machine "spits" it out), was handed to a panel of 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans who did an eye/hand recount on those.

They did all the precincts in numerical order and then fed the provisional ballots through the machine.
Especially with the provisional ballots, the machine stopped a lot and all those ballots had to be counted by hand by the panel.

Some ballots were longer/taller than others, usually between 1/4 and 1/2 inch longer than the regular ones, but that did not seem to hamper the machine.I guess whoever made the ballots did not cut those off properly.

I saw some examples of ballots where the voter obviously did not know how to properly vote.
On one ballot the voter used the pen to punch holes(!) in the ovals instead of just coloring in the ovals (guess he liked the old system better). If it makes you feel better, this person voted for Hayes. On another ballot the voter drew arrows pointing towards the person he wanted to vote for.
In all those cases the ballots got handled by the panel and these peoples votes WERE counted.

The recount stopped at 2.45 pm and at 3.15 (after a board meeting) we got the official result:

Kissell 11,464
Hayes 17,502

Kissell gained 15 votes, Hayes 13 votes, so a net gain for us of 2.

The funniest part of the day was hearing the woman that worked in the House and the 2 Hayes "bimbo's" talk about all the people they knew that were leaving the House now since the Dems kicked their behinds out. They were feeling really sad...
It took a lot for me not to burst out in hysterical laughter.


The Bimbo talk reminded me of this


No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I am so glad you were there.

I'd hate to think that the fate of the democratic process rested on the shoulders of bimbettes....and Republican bimbettes at that.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

A Blackberry

seems to be a standard accessory for republican bimbettes. All 3 of them were constantly checking theirs. They have some work to do though...their Blackberries were just plain black, I thought they'ld at least be pink and encrusted with diamonds.

Cabarrus Democrats
Larry Kissell

I remember someone at MyDD saying

that Democratic aides got crappy hand-me-down blackberry's, but that the Republicans got nice, new shiny ones. Guess that will all change as well.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

So glad to hear this report.

It gives me just a little bit more confidence in the electoral mechanics - and an overwhelming desire to eradicate Republicans.

That ballot story - the punched holes - is a perfect metaphor for Hayes and Company. They don't care about building anything, they just tear holes in everything. I am so so so so so glad to see America waking up.


Sorry, Bimbos.

Time to pack your s**t and go!

As my momma used to say "you don't have to go home but you can't stay here!" Or maybe that was the bartender at my favorite college watering hole....

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

Recount question

Thanks for spending your day with the dark side.

It sounds like the hand-eye recount completed for all precincts? I had thought this was just going to be a 3% sampling of the precincts. If all were counted and Larry only netted 2 votes county-wide, that is not a good sign.

This was the machine (mechanical) recount.

Only the small amount of ballots that the machines couldn't "compute" were counted by hand. Apparently Larry just asked for a hand recount. The manual recount of all ballots in about 3% of the precincts is next week.

Cabarrus Democrats
Larry Kissell

Good Work, Thierry

As usual, you're still working hard to bring a change to this county and country. Once all of this is over, and regardless of the outcome, I'm buying you a beer. Don't give me that "I don't drink" stuff anymore, either. To the GWB!

Keep up the good work, buddy!