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One vote can make a big difference

Monday, Nov 26, 2012

* After the election was over, the Cambridge Chronicle reported on the local Henry County results

In the first election with a two-district map instead of a three-district map, 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans apparently have been elected to the Henry County Board.

The 10th seat in District 2 was captured by a Democrat pulling only five more votes than a Republican. Recounts and absentee ballots received in the 14 days following the election could change the outcome. […]

Those not elected were Republicans Kippy Nelson, 4,031 (only five fewer than Wiley);

* But when all the votes were counted, there was a change

The official count of ballots from the Nov. 6 election apparently reversed the outcome of one of the results in County Board District 2.

Kippy Nelson, R-Cambridge, a five-vote loser to Thomas Wiley, D-Cambridge, after the unofficial count Election Day, is now a one-vote winner, according to the official count, which gave Ms. Nelson 4,043 votes to 4,042 for Mr. Wiley..

“I looked at him and he looked at me and we said, ‘one vote’,” said Ms. Nelson.

One vote not only changed the election, but the 10-10 county board went to 11-9 Republican.

One vote.

* And check this out

For an absentee vote to be counted, it must be postmarked no later than election day, Nov. 6. But an absentee ballot from Japan, postmarked Nov. 1, wasn’t received until Monday.

The Democrat Wiley is expected to ask for a recount this week.

One vote.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


5 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 26, 12 @ 10:42 am:

    Ok, Who didn’t run their pluses???

    That was snark.

    Every vote counts. If you leave even one on the table, it could come back and haunt you.

    Ask Kippy Nelson. Ask Thomas Wiley.

    Maybe is either of them tried making 4 million phone calls …


  2. - Wensicia - Monday, Nov 26, 12 @ 10:49 am:

    “One vote”

    This is something I remind myself of whenever I feel like skipping an election due to unappealing candidates.


  3. - siriusly - Monday, Nov 26, 12 @ 11:01 am:

    Wow. I guess we now we have to change our nomenclature so that a “Steczo” is now a “Wiley”.


  4. - Tim - Monday, Nov 26, 12 @ 12:15 pm:

    There’s also the DeWitt County Board race that ended in a tie, to be decided by a roll of the dice later today:

    http://herald-review.com/news/local/roll-of-the-dice-to-determine-final-dewitt-county-board/article_1b107412-36c5-11e2-a054-0019bb2963f4.html


  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 26, 12 @ 12:54 pm:

    If we play the numbers, so to speak, you have to ask of all the elections in the past 20 years in every district of the USA, how many depended on ONE VOTE? If Voters were properly enthused to buy the right product, the ONE VOTE arguement would be unnecessary.


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