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Vote count goes on in 11th Congressional District race—or does it?

Original post made on Nov 18, 2010

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported yesterday that Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has the same 0.9% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer as on Tuesday even though county registrars in the four counties the 11th District represents are supposed to be still counting ballots.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:39 AM

Comments (19)

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

"Harmer attended orientation briefings for new members of Congress."

SERIOUSLY? That takes some serious arrogance.

Meanwhile, the Taxpayers of the State of California (aka Caltrans) finally removed Harmer's giant campaign sign from the shoulder of SB 680, after his campaign staff repeatedly refused to do it. So much for personal responsibility in the era of reducing government funding and regulation.


Posted by a, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

hey b, what would you have done? the counts not over, it can go either way and he needs to attend orientation. what, they have special make up sessions for people undergoing recounts? your arrogant in your own stupidity. SERIOUSLY?


Posted by markm8128, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I was a volunteer ballot counting watcher on behalf of McNerney.

I saw nothing the least bit improper, by anyone. Keep in mind, that one of the tasks the counters must accomplish, is to cross-verify the signatures on the envelopes of shelf-loads of provisional ballots.

This task, alone, can take many days...without even opening up the envelopes. So...just because they aren't incrementing their tallies, every day, doesn't mean they aren't doing their jobs properly.


Posted by Bella, a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

You know, instead of gathering money to pay for a recount that statistics show will be a waste of money and time, why not instead raise the same amount to fund a much needed Orton-Gillingham based elementary school reading program to benefit the 20% of 3rd and 4th grade poor readers in our 11th district. PUSD's Christina Clark (at Valley View Elementary) already has a program in place desperately in need of funds.
Thank you for this opportunity to present my opinion. I'm hoping responses will show respect for it and this process.


Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

The PW reported: "As the counting goes on—or doesn't--"

I've been checking on the vote count, as reported on the SOS website, daily. At 10:57 this morning the count was shown to be 111,438 McNerney and 109,655 Harmer, a difference of 1783. The vote percent remain 47.9% for McNerney and 47.0% for Harmer. While actual votes reported as counted have been increasing for each candidate from around 100 to 160 or so each day, the percentage difference (47.9 to 47.0) has remained the same for *several* days.

County election officials have until December 3, 2010 to report their final results to the SOS. Personally, I would rather have an accurate count than a fast one.

It's obvious the PW has not contacted either the SOS or any of the four county registrars involved in CD11 for information on what is actually happening, right now, with the vote count. For the PW to imply that something is wrong with how the votes are being counted or turned into the SOS, without any research or fact-finding, is, unfortunately, the kind of "journalism" that is all too prevalent in today's "news".


Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

a, the problem is that there's no evidence that he actually has a chance of winning the election. Whether he likes it or not, McNerney's right about the statistics. He shouldn't be wasting taxpayer money travelling to Washington and attending an orientation in which he has no business.


Posted by markm8128, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Now that the heat of the election has passed.....I think we need to take a sobering look at the dishonesty that took place. How can Democracy survive, if the press does not do their job of vigilance?

Cosider this outrageous Pro-Harmer propaganda piece, by writer Robert Jordon of the Contra Costa Times:

"PLEASANTON -- Organizers of the Pleasanton/NorCal Tea Party are expecting more than 10,000 people to turn out Saturday for the Golden State Rally for America at the Alameda County Fairgrounds."
Web Link

What a joke! The Tea Party Movement, has never had large rallies. Only 200 people showed up, according to another newspaper.....but this newspaper never printed an update....so many people were left believing there was some huge out-pouring of Tea Party supporters, in this area.


Posted by Dotty, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I have been checking on this election almost daily as I think Congressman McNerney has been such a marvelous addition to Congress and we need his expertise with our serious climate problems, but I was aghast to see the request for donations to the Harmer campaign at the bottom of what I thought was a news story. Is this what passes for journalism here?


Posted by joe hill, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Bella,
Loved your suggestion -- taking Republican campaign donations and using to fund a much-needed educational program. I doubt, however, that your suggestion will resonate within the Republican ranks. Republican me-first attitude leads to rolling eyes when someone suggests money for education. Why would they want to devote money to education when failed students are the breeding ground for a second generation of FOX news devotees?


Posted by gay, a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Dear Joe Hill - your so typical of small minded bigots. It's a shame you have a forum to propogate your small minded idiocy. If you haven't noticed, McNearme has been asking for donations as well or doesn't that count as a Demo-gogue's me first attitude, too?. Regardless of party, I would prefer a TOTAL count of votes cast and less of your type. The pot calling the kettle black.


Posted by Fascinating, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Better yet, check into why in so many races when they count the absentee ballots DEPOSITED AT THE POLLING LOCATIONS the tally switches from the Republican being ahead to the Democrat winning; and why so often in those cases of things like lost ballot boxes appearing, dead people voting, people voting twice (with the two ballots being dramatically different as in one was a fake), illegal signatures, phony signatures, etc., etc., etc. Isn't that just fascinating how that keeps happening over and over. Seems to be a high correlation of that happening where unions are strong or where there is a strong Democrat political machine. Now that is fascinating. Its kind of like when Chicago put JFK in the White House - the number of people voting in Chicago exceeded the number of people living in Chicago, let alone the number of register voters. Is it a Pelosi machine, or perhaps a Getty machine? Fascinating.


Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Fascinating, what are you actually trying to say? Do you have proof that anything illegal happened regarding the voting or vote counting in the 11th district? If so, report it. Otherwise, stop implying there was some sort of conspiracy here. Your baseless innuendo disgusts me.


Posted by joe hill, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

So, perhaps someone can help here. Is McNerney, as broad-minded gay in Stoneridge claims, asking for donations to be used toward a recount? Sounds a bit far-fetched, doesn't it? Why would he claim victory, on the one hand, and then request donations, on the other? Or is someone simply spewing misinformation (with bad grammar to boot)?


Posted by Fascinating, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

A Neighbor,
There is no innuendo about it. The data from election vote-counting history is there for anyone that's interested to read. Our elections need to be much more tightly controlled so that things like hanging chad, selective recounts only in certain precincts, mystery ballot boxes full of ballots appearing, dead people voting, illegals voting, thugs with batons standing in front of polling places, absentee ballots being deposited at polling places with very questionable signatures, and voting machine hacking are not occurring. So, quit being disgusted and educate yourself. While you're at it, you might want to reasearh how much Getty money and Soros money went to get McNerney elected, and how that money was used.


Posted by No surprise, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Back to 'counting'....the topic in this thread, when verifying signatures, I wonder if the signature is in the 'eyes of the beholder' depending on who that vote is for. Since we know the county workers in Oakland and Martinez, it's a given.


Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Fascinating, with all of this data and research at your fingertips, and if, as you say, there is no innuendo about it, answer my question: Do you have proof that anything illegal happened regarding the voting or vote counting in the 11th district? Somehow, I doubt it.


Posted by Voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Like I said on another thread....I see a protracted court case on "irregularities", wasting more taxpayers' monies and tying up our courts.


Posted by gay, a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 20, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hey, Joe defamer Hill and I quote from Pleasanton Weakly Nov 5th or 8th or both: "Both McNerney's and Harmer's camps have asked supporters for more financial help if either side has to pay the cost of a recount, if necessary." Gee, I wonder what 'misinformation' that is? Now go bother someone else...


Posted by joe hill, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 20, 2010 at 2:46 am

Land o' goshen, gay, you've answered my question. Only it seems in the article above, and prior versions of it, that it's Harmer's camp alone that is calling for additional donations. Still, the cutesy misuse of proper nouns, inability to use contractions, and failure to spell polysyllabics leads me to believe there's somebody in Stoneridge who might profit from a remedial third or fourth grade reading/writing program. I agree: count the votes. Unwillingness to concede in the face of the vote tally, money for recounts and D.C. junkets? Not so much.


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