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Friday, November 05, 2004

Scott Likes His Whine

Ward Scott, the Crybaby Candidate, can't let go of the fact that a majority of Democrats voted for his opponent in the Aug. 31 primary.

In Friday's edition of The Independent Florida Alligator, the paper reported that incumbent Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly easily won re-election Nov. 2 against the write-in candidate, Steve Nichtberger. Many people did not cast a vote in the race, and a few thousand voters write in either Nichtberger or Scott.

Still, Byerly received about 92 percent of the vote. In the primary, the race between Byerly and Scott was much closer, and Scott blames Byerly and Nichtberger for his loss because – Scott claims without any evidence or proof – that Byerly got Nichtberger to run solely to close the primary to only Democrats. Scott calls it voter fraud.

I've written about this false accusation a few times. Nichtberger's candidacy is legal under state law, and his entry in the race closed the primary because of a clause in the state constitution. There was nothing illegal about it – no more so than if a Republican, Libertarian or candidate from any other party had entered the race. If the winner of a primary election will not determine the ultimate winner of the election, then the primary is only open to voters of that party – in this case Democrats.

Scott claims that the outcome of the Nov. 2 election proves that he should have won.

“Clearly, those numbers indicate the popular candidate was not elected,” Scott told The Alligator. He called the write-in votes “protest votes."

Hmmmm. Byerly received more than 73,000 votes and "write-in" received just over 6,200 votes. Seems like Scott is not counting very well. That's why he is the Knucklehead of the Week. Keep on crying buddy.


Blogger Mike G said...

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12:16 AM

Blogger Mike G said...

As the writer of the Alligator article quoted in the above post, I wish to clarify a factual issue.
Mr. Whitworth did not mention the paragraphs surrounding the quotes by Mr. Scott in which the 6,210 votes listed under "write in" were defined.
According to Supervisor of Elections Beverly Hill, the official write-in votes listed either Mr. Nichtberger's name or ballots with no name (i.e. the bubble next to "write in" is filled in but nothing else is written.)
If a voter were to write Scott's name in, it wouldn't count in the official tally. Therefore, Scott was calling attention to the large number of undervotes as proof of his large number of supporters.
And there were most likely a lot of undervotes. Out of over 111,000 total ballots cast, fewer than 80,000 votes counted for the District 1 County Commission race between Mr. Byerly and Nichtberger. Even the circuit court judges, whose ballot questions a lot of people skip, garnered more official votes.
About 20,000 people who voted in the other County Commission races didn't in District 1.
Scott's math would still be off, of course, even if he received 20,000-plus undervotes (not that it would matter, because he wasn't a registered write-in candidate.)
The point is, Scott doesn't know how many "protest votes" he received. Neither does Whitworth. I certainly don't.
Hill said she hadn't itemized the write-in votes that were cast, and she wasn't likely to anytime soon. Until then, any conclusions drawn remain speculative.

Mike Gimignani
Independent Florida Alligator

P.S. "Shaquille O'Neal" and "1968 New York Mets," dark horse candidates in the District 1 Commission race, each received at least one vote.

12:29 AM

Blogger Colin Whitworth said...

Thanks for the clarification. However it is wrong to call undervotes "protest votes". Who knows what those voters were thinking. I don't, and neither does Ward Scott. Anyway, if I was Byerly, I'd give Scott those 20,000-30,000 votes and still call it a landslide victory for Byerly.

Scott just can't stand losing to a better candidate.

2:29 PM


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