Before We Go Back On Break … Let’s Talk About This Election
So before we return to our justifiably interrupted break, weâ€™d like to respond to the calls for some comment from candidates concerning the whirlwind of controversy surrounding the backwash from the general election.
And before weâ€™re accused of tripping into the vineyard of sour grapes weâ€™ll stipulate that our position is not based on the belief that if every one of the outstanding votes, be they paper, absentee or provisional, was counted that we would take a seat in the Legislature.
That being said, weâ€™ve got some grave concerns about what weâ€™ve observed since last Tuesday â€“ and you should too.
Bear in mind that even the state of Florida has managed to count its outstanding votes, and declare a victory for President Barack Obama. Can we really believe that there hasnâ€™t been enough time to make that determination in the Virgin Islands?
The problems started even before Election Day. The sample ballot distributed was not the same ballot as the one voters saw at the polls. As early as 9 a.m., callers to local radio were reporting that paper ballots were not available, or that poll workers did not seem knowledgeable about the process.
Since that time, information has been inconsistent about even the number of non-machine ballots waiting to be counted; the security of those ballots; and the accuracy of the counts that have proceeded.
Atty. General Vincent Frazer has launched an investigation based on the number of complaints – but since news reports have already quoted him as saying the investigation will examine “unfounded” complaints about the election, we’re not holding out much hope for that one; a few candidates have said they too will challenge the results; and some of our bloggers are calling for a new election.
We agree with our bloggers. This election should be recalled. And nothing should be certified before the Federal Audit scheduled to begin November 19.
When we reported on the upcoming audit on October 27 (link below), we questioned then why it wasnâ€™t happening until after this election. And based on the turmoil the circumstances this election has caused, we believe more than ever that should have been the case.
The scope of the audit can easily be extended to cover the most recent election and if there is any hope of returning any credibility to this tarnished process, we believe this is it.
It is curious that most of the candidates who should have a keen interest in the resolution of this issue have not spoken out. Aside from Lawrence â€śReconâ€ť Olive, we havenâ€™t heard a word. The margins for many of them could be dramatically affected by the results of the 3000+ uncounted ballots. So why has there been no louder outcry?
Freeze the process. Delay certification. Extend the scope of the Federal Audit.
And then weâ€™ll see what happens.
Weâ€™re going back on break now. But weâ€™ll be watching.