Yarbro makes official request for recount

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 3:41pm

Attorney Jeff Yarbro made his request for an expedited recount official on Tuesday, formally making his appeal to the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.

Yarbro, challenging longtime District 21 state Sen. Douglas Henry in the Democratic primary, had announced intentions to ask for the expedited recount last week.

“The results of this election continue to change, following yesterday’s news from the Election Commission that a voting machine had not been counted in the initial results,” Yarbro said in a written statement. “Obviously, we’re troubled by the changing tallies and the resulting uncertainty. The need for a recount could not be clearer.”

Under state law, the Davidson County Election Commission is prohibited from recounting ballots in party primaries unless the party’s executive committee — in this case — the state Democratic Party’s Executive Committee orders one.

According to Kathyrn Sasser, who is providing legal counsel for the Yarbro campaign, the recount could be concluded as early as next week.

Following the election commission’s discovery of a previously uncounted voting machine on Friday, Henry’s lead stands at 11 votes over Yarbro. Previously, the still-unofficial results showed Henry with a 13-vote lead.

The election commission is scheduled to certify election results on Aug. 23.

5 Comments on this post:

By: xhexx on 8/18/10 at 6:19

How is it in 2010 we still can't hold an election without misplacing machines and getting the count wrong, 3x in a row?

By: everloyal on 8/18/10 at 7:55

This situation has all the attributes of one of LBJ's state elections in Texas where he won by a minuscule marjority earning him the title of "landslide Johnson."

By: imdyinhere on 8/18/10 at 8:04

The story being pushed by Henry supporters, that Democratic voters who prefer his candidacy crossed party lines to mess up the Republican primary, is a laugh. Everyone knew how close Henry was to being unseated by Yarbro. If the recount comes through for Henry, he is going to need Yarbro voters in November. He and his supporters need to think about that, long and hard.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 8/18/10 at 9:00

As I posted yesterday, It's quite obvious to everyone that isn't blinded by optimistic babble, Henry's supporters voted in the Repub. primary. Yarbro has no experience, contacts or apparent knowledge of how to form a plan for the future. Pushing so hard now will just make the Henry supporters and the other moderates in the district look for someone more acceptable the next time. Sure this may be the best shot because of Obama's sinking admin. but being a "progressive" isn't what the majority of voters want now. Best to bide your time and wait for better days. He missed the "Change" train, now it's back to real life.

By: imdyinhere on 8/19/10 at 7:37

Voters who "support" a pol who's in the fight of his career don't abandon him or her to go play games for the other party. You get one vote and this line of bull re: voter intent is weaker than a hanging chad.