State Dems set meeting to decide on Yarbro-Henry recount

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 2:20pm

The Tennessee Democratic Party’s Executive Committee, which serves as the party’s primary board, will convene at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23 to decide whether to grant attorney Jeff Yarbro’s request for a recount in the Democratic primary for the District 21 state Senate seat.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said Yarbro and state Sen. Douglas Henry met earlier in the day to discuss Yarbro’s request for an expedited recount.

“At the end of that discussion, a procedure was proposed and agreed to by Mr. Yarbro regarding a recount of the election,” Forrester said. “And Sen. Henry does not oppose this procedure.”

If the state Democratic Party’s executive committee were to sign off on the recount request, Forrester said the committee would ask the election commission to conduct the recount. The recount process would include recounting tally sheets from electronic voting machines as well as paper absentee ballots, he said.

Hours before the state Democratic Party’s Executive Committee is set to meet on Monday night, the Davidson County Election Commission is scheduled to certify election results.

Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett has previously said his staff would carry out the recount if asked.

Henry currently holds an 11-vote advantage after factoring in results from a previously uncounted voting machine discovered during a mandatory auditing process. Unofficial results have changed four times.

Asked if he’s concerned about the multiple vote totals, Forrester said, “I certainly have some concerns with that.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: drburr47 on 8/19/10 at 9:48

What a clear example of why we need to have optical scanning paper trail voting in Tennessee. We could have had same for the Nov 2nd election if Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey had not blocked it. It was clearly shown that certified machines would definitely be available by then, contrary to Lt Gov Ramsey's contentions to the contrary. That he was able to make an end run around a judge's order is a travesty that has not been forgotten, nor will it be in the future.

By: Rocket99 on 8/19/10 at 11:11

Personally, I think there needs to be a recount just so there's no doubt as who the real winner of the election is. I also think the law needs to be changed to where if an election is within certain parameters, a recount is mandatory.