GOP Chair Issues Statement Following Challenge To Kent County Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2014 CONTACT: John Fluharty, Executive Director GOP Chair Issues Statement Following Challenge To Kent County Election Results Newark, DE — The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party this morning issued the following statement regarding the Party’s challenge to the recount in the Kent County Recorder of Deeds race: “Today the Delaware Republican Party, the Kent County Republican Party and Mr. La Mar Gunn, Republican candidate for Kent County Recorder of Deeds, filed in the Kent County Superior Court challenging the election recount process and certification of the election in the Recorder of Deeds race. “On November 4, 2014, the Kent County Department of Elections reported La Mar Gunn as the winner of the election for Kent County Recorder of Deeds by 2 votes. Under Delaware State Law, a recount of the ballots was required. On November 6, 2014 the Kent County Board of Canvass conducted three recounts. In the first recount, Mr. Gunn’s lead increased from 2 to 3 votes. In the second recount, Mr. Gunn’s lead increased to 7 votes. Yet, on the third recount the Democratic candidate had a 2 vote lead. In this third recount, the Board of Canvass actually reduced Mr. Gunn’s vote total by 1 vote from that determined by the Department of Elections on Election Night. Following this third recount, the only recount that showed Ms. McKenna ahead, the Board certified the election the results. Significantly, no two recounts produced the same result. “ We challenge the fact that, based on the totals from Election Night and the first 2 recounts, a fourth recount was not conducted to ensure the accuracy of the vote tabulation. The decision by the Board to certify at this point creates doubt as to the true victor in this race, and we seek only a completely transparent process so that the candidates and the public can have total confidence in the final election results. “We note that absentee ballots are cast on special forms which are read by scanners owned by the Department of Elections. The forms are coded by polling place, and counted by the Board of Elections in one central location. How the eventual vote totals can show that Mr. Gunn lost votes is inconceivable. People either voted for a candidate or they didn’t, and we have questions as to how the scanned results show one tally and the hand count shows a different tally. “This challenge is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of all voters being able to have confidence in their democracy and the basic principal of one person, one vote. When elections are as close as this, it is especially important that the people know that everything possible has been done to ensure that the final vote tally is accurate. The Delaware Republican Party, the Kent County Republican Party, and La Mar Gunn ask only that the Superior Court conduct a fair and thorough examination of the ballots, as provided for by state law.” XXX

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  1. Dr. La Mar Gunn is now the “poster child” for election reform in the First State and I say and mean this respectfully.

    This incident, by its own weight, challenges Delaware’s existing closed-loop corporate political power structure. Accordingly, nothing short of a thorough and efficient revision of 15 Del.C. (the Delaware Election Code) is necessary to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

    This will best be accomplished by an independent public interest citizens commission, convened consonant to Article 1 section 16 of the Delaware Constitution.

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