May 16, 2006
I Smell A Rat!
"The rat urinated over a majority of the modems. I'm afraid a couple of them were destroyed." [...] An exterminator was called in the office at Fourth and Georgia Avenue to put down some sticky strips, but the rat remains at large.
Now, while I'm sure that explanation holds up, I'm not sure what to do with the related story (to our May 2 elections, anyway) wherein a couple of extra votes showed up in the count. Come on, people; we don't need this. I don't think there's a way to get a recount effort started, due to the severe lack of contested elections. The closest was between judicial candidates Grant and Crutchfield, and even that one is settled.
Adam Groves picked up on both of these stories in the Daily Dose. Yeah, our rodent odor wafted all the way out to Clarksville and beyond. (Yes, I know Nathan's closer. Work with me.) The real smell emanates from that tainted ballot box.
UPDATE: Michael Davis wrote a TFP story that resolves the ballot count matter, except for one tiny detail: "The recount occurred after Mondayís Election Commission meeting at which commissioners certified the recent election." [Emphasis mine.] First you certify, then you recount.
Oh, and the saddest part of the whole thing is that 158 votes were cast in a precinct with 1344 registered voters.
Elections | By joe lance | 01:12 PM