Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ensuring fair and clean election results

The Chicago Board of Elections reports that 7,791 ballots were cast in the 49th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Election on Tuesday, April 17. The preliminary results show that only 247 votes determined the outcome of the election. A large number of allegations of voting irregularities have been raised which challenge the integrity of our election process. During the next few days we will be documenting these, but first allow me to clear the air of confusion that has been swirling about since the election.

We are considering mounting a challenge to contest the results of the runoff election. However, we need more data in order to determine whether this should be done. We have issued a Freedom of Information Act request to the Chicago Board of Elections to obtain the list of nearly 8,000 voters who came out to vote. Once we have that data we will be able to compare this to our list of nearly 2,000 potentially invalid voters, which were gleaned from the total of over 20,000 registered voters in the 49th ward. This will tell us how many voters went to the polls and cast an invalid vote.

Now, you might ask, why are we doing this after the election rather than on Election Day. Unfortunately, the poll judges were denying most of the poll-watchers’ requests on Election Day to have suspect votes made provisional. This widespread denial raises concerns that a statistically significant number of votes cast yesterday may be invalid. If they are, then the final results are inaccurate and as voters we will have been denied a fair and honest election. We will update you as soon as we have more information.

Many of you have called, emailed, and walked into our campaign office today to wish me well and express your desire that we move forward with this challenge. Please understand that we do not want to frivolously contest an election, so we want to be absolutely certain that we have all the facts before we proceed. I also want all of you to know that I appreciate the support you have given to me over the past year and regardless of the final outcome, I know we have won a victory for integrity and honesty.

Sincerely,

Don Gordon
Democratic Candidate for 49th Ward Alderman

1 comment:

Couch Captain said...

When Joe lost the main election by 52 votes getting 49.9% while Gordon only got 29%. That was the time for a recount. But did Moore whine like a baby? No he got it together and moved to win the runoff. But the Gordon camp can't be grown up, they'd like to keep themselves in the realm of the important for a while longer...Gordon has a list of 2000 people he says should not have cast votes. Why do I get the feeling that the vast majority of those on the 'list' are largly Black or Latino?

A real good person would concede but of course we are talking about Don Gordon here.