Thursday, July 5, 2012

It Ain't Over in NY-13

This is interesting:
The city Board of Elections is scheduled to start counting about 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots in the contested Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District.

The race appeared decided last week on election night, with Rep. Charles Rangel seemingly holding a sizeable lead in his campaign to hold onto his seat. But the vote margin shrunk, leading some to wonder if state Sen. Adriano Espaillat conceded too soon.

A tally released by the Board of Elections last weekend showed Rangel had a lead of 802 votes.

Board spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez says the count of the outstanding ballots is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. It could lead to a full manual recount if the final vote difference is less than one-half of 1 percent of all votes cast.
Rangel's lead has been shrinking as more ballots come in. And there are apparently other strange things happening:
It’s a bizarre situation that just keeps getting weirder, a strange case of missing precincts, questionable ballots and utter confusion over who’s to blame for the mess and when the race might be settled.

What’s known is this: As of Friday evening, 32 precincts – six percent of all votes cast – had yet to be accounted for. And another 2,447 affidavit ballots and 667 absentee votes hadn’t been counted yet either. According to the city Board of Elections, Rangel’s lead over second-place finisher state Sen. Adriano Espaillat stood at 1,032 votes, with enough outstanding ballots to alter the outcome.
There's no doubt that, overall, Rangel has been good for his district, historically one of the overlooked urban areas here in the Northeast. But a crook, is a crook, is a crook, so I won't be sorry to see him get bounced. Dismantling Rangel's machine, on the other hand....


  1. Did anyone watch the tv clips of this BOE doin' the "People's Business" ??

    No wonder there is fraud,, they look just like the folks arrested for Welfare & Food Stamp Fraud,,,

    Come on I understand Patronage as well as the next guy, but those people don't look like they can even add 2 + 2
    The world has gone totally to hell, & we never got to collect our $ 200 !!!

  2. The attempt backfired for Espillat. Even with the (ridiculous) redistricting, he lost by 990 votes. Harlem is Harlem: Beautiful. Proud. Intelligent. United. Attempts to change that usually fail. Hopefully, Adriano will concentrate his efforts in the State Senate--and be a positive force instead of a tool for outside interests...