Recall Election Numbers
COPs (2007-12-11) Raymond Lutz
This Page: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M383
More Info: Blackwater, Blackwater West
, Local Politics
, Election Integrity
The Vote Count - Potrero Recall Election - December 11, 2007.
A group of about 20 people observed the election. They signed us in, had
us agree to a sheet of rules. At about 8 p.m., Debra Seiler gave a short
speech at the counter. They walked us back to a caged room where the
ballots were held in a single mailroom tray. The ballots were already
removed from their envelopes at that point, a surprise to many of the
The group was then led to a conference room where they set up for
counting. Two people were the readers, one to read and one to check.
They swapped jobs every twenty minutes or so. Two other people were the
talliers. They each had checkers. The first person tallied the first two
recall and replacement items, the other person tallied the other three.
The process was very monotonous. The reader would say "Recall Question
Number 1. Jerry Johnson. Yes. To succeed, Terry Stephens. Recall
Question number 2. Mary Johnson. Yes..." and so forth. I caught the
entire process on film so we can study the process. The counting
completed at about midnight. I left at about 12:20 am.
Total Registered Voters: 509
Ballots Received: 306
Ballots Counted: 280
Late Ballots uncounted: 10 These were deposited in the drop box in Potrero.
Rejects 16 2 signature mismatches. One signed ballot, etc.
Recall Questions Yes No
Jerry Johnson 187 (67%) 93 (33%)
Mary Johnson 189 (67.5%) 91 (32.5%)
Gordon Hammers 196 (70%) 84 (30%)
Janet Wright 186 (66.4%) 94 (33.6%)
Thell Fowler 176 (62.9%) 104 (37.1%)
Terry Stephens 176 (100%)
Janet Goode 177 (100%)
Brenda Wise 68 (28.5%)
Carl Meyer 170 (71.4%)
Edward Boryla 48 (21.3%)
William Crawley 177 (78.7%)
Tina Mc Cunney
Anita Meneses 55 (25.5%)
Of course, it was of little value to count the ballots for Terry
Stephens or Janet Goode, since they were the only people running. Some
people tried to write in "No One" to try to leave the seat vacant.
All the incumbent pro-Blackwater slate of planning group members were
replaced by the Stop-Blackwater group. YEA!
My congratulations to all the people of Potrero who made this happen,
and congratulations to the new slate of Planning Group members.
P.S. The fact that we were able to capture the entire count on film
raises an interesting question: Why not scan all ballots in every
election and make them available on the internet for the public to look
through? The actions of the Registrar of voters would come down to chain
of custody and getting the ballots scanned. The actual counting can be
handled by thousands of volunteers at home at their computers, all
double checking each other. That's what I call open elections. (No more
"central tabulator" dangers!)