Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002

So it turns out to be worse than we thought. A precinct where people say they voted early, shows zero early votes. A volunteer says the vote-counting machines were rejecting ballots for being blank, when they actually were marked properly with the right ink.

We may have been more Florida-like than Florida this time. Slowest vote count in Texas, maybe in the whole USA. That was bad enough. Then we discover there were errors in counting. Worse than we thought.

The elections wazoos began by having awkward, illegal ballots printed. Then they told us that we would have to mark both pages to vote a straight ticket. Then they said no, if you mark either page, it'll count the same as marking both.

Now we know there were different totals for straight-party votes on the two pages. Shouldn't that be pretty close to impossible?

The entire process, from start to late finish, is embarrassing to the point of humiliation.

A hand recount should have been ordered immediately. It was not.

This morning the Elections Board meets to start aiming the blame, and there's plenty of blame to aim. If the Elections Administrator survives today with his job, bets will be lost all over town.

The Board must take strong and decisive action today, to begin repairing the entire process. Otherwise we might have to get a bunch of burning torches and go mill around downtown like the mob at Frankenstein's castle.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Express-News report on Tuesday's questioning of Elections Administrator HERE


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