The Fictional Election Count

La Mar Gunn lost an election not in the actual count, but in a fictional certification. The normally quiet Kent County Recorder of Deeds Race was heated and now is boiling. The two parties are ready to go to war over the recount of the recount of the recount of absentee ballots that was said to flip the race from La Mar Gunn, the Republican Challenger to Betty Lou McKenna, the Democratic incumbent. The story is intriguing. On Election night, Gunn won. Democrats tried to file a case before the board of canvass which complained that Delaware State University Students who lawfully registered were not legitimate voters. The voters in question happened to be Black. Democrats began there to sow the seeds of division in their own coalition. The challenges were dispatched. It got down to the count. It was verified. The votes were then carefully recounted according to the law. Lamar Gunn increased his lead. One person said she made a mistake when her tally did not add up to everyone else’s so they decided to recount every ballot instead of just her tally. Then they decided to have another recount after dinner when most of the 30 people had gone home to verify the last recount. It was presumed that the election would be certified, but the fateful decision was made to recount it yet again without a request to do so from the Department of Elections or the parties involved. That recount was already of dubious legitimacy. Even worse because most of the people were home now, they mixed all of the ballots together for the entire county and violated the separation by election district and Representative district. They counted the ballots and made a ruling to find voter intent where ballots may have been marked incorrectly. 4 new votes were found from previous undervotes. No one from our side was allowed to see them and they were mixed back into the mix. The Department of Elections was angry. They literally called it B. S. When the board of canvass was questioned about this, one of the attorneys became argumentative. The election was now tied. Both parties’ attorneys and the Department of Elections agreed to a solution. Let the ballots be run through the scanners one at a time and re-segregate them by district, count the ballots and find the 60 undervotes then check to find the 4 disputed ballots. The judges so ruled and told every one to go home. It was 10:30 p.m. Then 20 minutes later the court reconvened without petition from the parties and demanded oral arguments on the spot for statutory justification for delaying the certification and reversed their ruling. However the count certified was not the count on any of the tally sheets. It was a verbal count given by Lisa Robinson of the board of Canvass which gave a two vote victory to Ms. McKenna. Everyone was stunned. An election was being given to the loser. The Republican party brought in its best attorneys and is filing to overturn the certification today. Republicans believe that if such a miscarriage of justice is allowed, the process will be completely corrupted. They are willing to go to war. Some are even willing to pay for a special election if necessary. It is not just Republicans outraged. Republicans have found an ally in the NAACP which is supporting the African American Mr. Gunn because complicating this even more is the history of the Kent County Democratic Party dating back to Civil War with the Saulsbury brothers and continuing through to the current day 2010 gerrymandering where Democrats rebuffed requests by Blacks for a majority minority representative district in Dover. Democrats refused in order to make both Dover Districts more secure for Democrats. There have been 3 black elected officials to partisan office in Kent County. all have been Republican. Now Democrats are trying to prevent a fourth who lawfully won the count and recount from taking office. The Black Elected Officials Caucus is in an Emergency Meeting today. The strange case of the fictional election count has created strange bedfellows united by one simple cause, a free and fair election that is counted accurately. Who says that the NAACP and Republicans can’t get along?

18 thoughts on “The Fictional Election Count”

  1. Thanks David. Your post lends quite a bit more transparency to what actually happened. It is my hope that it will improve the way elections are conducted in Delaware.
    With our current electronic system of voting, there is no way to confirm that your vote is actually cast for the person you voted for.
    The only paper trail that we have is for absentee voting. This really stinks badly of voter fraud.

  2. I was an eyewitness. I thought that perspective was important. I also forgot to mention that WBOC was kicked out by the court with their cameras. They wanted to observe the process.

  3. David,
    It is certainly always better to have a first hand eyewitness report of the events as they unfolded. It leads to a more credible base for others to understand what transpired. Do you personally believe that the outcome had anything to do with race, or anything else in Lamar Gunn’s personal life ?

  4. Well done, David…

    La Mar Gunn is a man of honor and integrity who transcends party lines. I call upon my GOP counterpart to actively pursue this matter to the maximum possible extent. This issue has national implications in the age of electronic voting and demands serious election reform in Delaware.

  5. This article is a bunch of BS and every post that comes from this matter has been. And now it looks like you’re trying to play the race card? Smh. Betty Lou won during the recount because when the ballots were manually counted by hand, votes were found that the DOEs scan machine did not pick up( the main reason why recounts turn around) and they were the four votes that made the difference for Betty Lou. Do you really think the Superior Court and all the officials that work there would risk their jobs and integrity to falsify and cheat an election? Don’t think so.

  6. Kent County Citizen
    A short answer to your question is, yes I think they absolutely would do exactly what they are told. Delaware judges are appointed and not elected. The defining point, is that judges are not elected as in most states and are not responsible to the people who elected them, but instead are directly responsible to the political powers that appointed them. Thus their decisions therefore are skewed and biased and are not in the citizens’ best interests.

  7. Kent County citizen, I call on you to disprove one word. Stop flacking and do what I did and offer eyewitness proof. You say the article is BS. I say that you are a liar. Not one person or media report contradicts the basic facts with the possible exception of the last count being reported in error. Seeing that I personally saw the tally sheets and the department of Elections demanded the ballots back to recount them, I think that dispute is likely to be resolved soon. Just produce the tally sheets and disputed ballots.

    I did not say anyone cheated, nor I am not saying that. I just report the facts and leave the mind reading to others.

    As for “the race card”, the Kent County Democrats have 150 years of practice on that by supporting discrimination and keeping blacks out of elected office down to the 2014 [redacted]. The track record is why Republicans are being joined by the NAACP, local, state, and national. Somehow merely reporting that is playing the race card. No, Black people are sick of being disrespected and abused. There is a willingness to violate procedures and behave disrespectfully and dismissively once others had left. Call it what you want. I call it wrong.

    It is obviously true that irregularities occurred. The newly discovered ballot votes which were found were not available for inspection.

  8. Also, with respect to the judicial question:

    There is not now, nor has there ever been a black Delaware Supreme Court Justice. Where are the Governor and the Delaware Bar on this issue?

  9. Kent County Citizen, one has to remember what a threat to the system a prominent Black Republican is, especially as more and more of them become obvious.

    It isn’t so much that they care about that office or about Lamar Gunn or about

    But the entire power structure depends upon reliably delivering almost all Black votes for the group in power, in the Democrat Party.

    So anything that threatens to show more and more elected African Americans who are Republicans threatens the entire system. If the existing power structure — I won’t even call them by any party name — started losing a significant chunk of the Black vote, the game is over. The existing power structure will crumble like a sand castle in the waves.

    Add to that how badly the people in power treat minorities.

    Delaware is among the top 10 States in the USA in personal wealth.

    And yet drive around the slums and depressed areas of NCC.

    So how hard would it be for the Democrats to lose the Black vote, given how horribly Democrats treat Blacks?

    The only way the existing power structure can maintain the scam is to keep the voters from seeing any sign that Blacks would be welcome and honored and respected in the Republican Party.

    You start seeing elected Black Republicans and the insiders may have to actually get real jobs and work for a living.

  10. The remedy seems simple. The newly, and I might add secretly discovered intent ballots must be produced for inspection. No one should stand against confirmed results from either side.

    As an outsider to politics, I’m amazed that standards were so entirely recreated, or ignored.

    Thank you David for bringing the story of a manipulated election to light.

  11. Delaware 105.9 FM in Kent County is ready to cover this story. They want to know what LaMar Gunn eats for breakfast. Does Gunn eat cold cereal or eggs and bacon? Does LaMar Gunn like to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving or does he like to stay home? What was LaMar Gunn wearing when he found out that the Democrats had stolen the election? Delaware 105.9 FM is ready to hit the issues hard and give the community the hard news.

    Right now on Jared Morris’ show, a guest host is discussing the election: Do you like getting those little stickers that say “I voted?” I kid you not. Tune in right now and see.

  12. Mr. Christy, please forgive my removal of the legal filing. It is being amended and party officials requested that it be removed temporarily. The up to date one will be posted.

    ALL
    May I please request that we stay on topic. If you want an open thread to discuss IPOD, post election, the GOP future, or other issues, we can establish one.

  13. David, I completely understand concerning the legal filing. Thank you for the heads up I will remove it from my face book page timeline as well.

  14. The question of whether meaningful and effective Election Justice can be achieved in Delaware courts arises (in the sociopolitical context of a closed-loop system designed to perpetuate itself). After all, it’s the “Delaware Way”….

  15. It’s time for the Feds to investigate the entire election process in Delaware including the write-in system. Their have been murmurs of voter fraud for eons in Delaware, to the point that it has nearly become a standing joke.

  16. @Dave Anderson wrote: “As for “the race card”, the Kent County Democrats have 150 years of practice on that by supporting discrimination and keeping blacks out of elected office down to the 2014 primary where Darryl Scott broke his own neutrality to defeat Ralph Taylor.”

    Except that Ralph Taylor, a very nice man, is a seriously conservative political person. And Darryl Scott isn’t. So is it racist for Scott to support the more liberal person in the primary? I hardly think so.

    Speaking of racial issues in the 2014 primary season, where were you when Kent County REPUBLICAN Representative and African-American Don Blakey was defeated in the Republican primary by a white guy? I don’t recall you issuing complaints of racial bias about that result.

    So come on, let’s cut the victimology stuff out.

    Mr. Gunn ran a terrific race against an entrenched incumbent, Mrs. McKenna, and came within an eyelash of winning (or maybe won, depending on the outcome of the court challenge), which is extraordinary for a first-time candidate.

    He has a bright future if he sticks with local politics. Just like Chick and Warfield and Kramer.

    But I see no evidence that his winning or losing is a function of racial bias, unless you can point to something that I haven’t read about.

    Focus on this: because of the primary in the 34th district, there is now not a single Republican African-American in the General Assembly. And that happened in your own backyard.

    So while you wrote that “th[is] track record [the alleged Democratic racial bias] is why Republicans are being joined by the NAACP, local, state, and national. Somehow merely reporting that is playing the race card. No, Black people are sick of being disrespected and abused. There is a willingness to violate procedures and behave disrespectfully and dismissively once others had left. Call it what you want. I call it wrong.”

    Look in the mirror and explain tell it to Don Blakey.

  17. sayz :
    DonAyotte
    NOVEMBER 13, 2014 AT 16:03
    It’s time for the Feds to investigate the entire election process in Delaware including the write-in system. Their have been murmurs of voter fraud for eons in Delaware, to the point that it has nearly become a standing joke.

    …and we all know that DonAyotte knows what a ‘standing joke’ is !

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