Saturday, December 1, 2012

SD-46: Challenged Ballots are 90-Percent Democratic

Good news in the race for SD-46. While Republican George Amedore maintains a 110 vote lead in the ballots counted thus far, there are still close to 900 challenged ballots, 90 percent of which were cast by Democrats:
With all machine, absentee and affidavit ballots in the district counted, Amedore leads Tkaczyk by 110 votes out of some 126,000 cast, but there are 877 challenged ballots, Work said. He said about 90 percent of the challenged ballots were cast by Democrats and only 10 percent by Republicans.
Wow, I had no idea there would be such a disparity. Ninety percent is seriously lopsided. But, the GOP hates it when liberals vote, so the fact that nine-of-ten challenged ballots were cast by a Democrat (and likely a person of color) is a symptom of the party's overall problems with race and democracy.

As for SD-46, the way I figure it, Cecila Tkaczyk needs to see about 20 percent of these ballots approved in order to ensure victory by a razor-thin margin. I did a little poking around regarding the rate at which provisional ballots make it into the final total, and found news articles that show that anywhere from 20-70 percent of provisional ballots are typically rejected.

This is not good news for George Amedore. Stay tuned.

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