A recount? Maybe. But a request for a new election is more likely.
But what does need to be looked at is the fact that for a while on election day, in a massive botching of the election process, a precinct in that legislative District had ballots for the wrong Legislative District:
Democrat Sandy Jerstad said she spoke with Roust about the unlikeliness of results changing more than one or two votes.Read it all here. "if voters felt strongly about the election, they would have returned to cast ballots unless it was impossible" - that's sure a big load of B.S. that the former coach is shoveling. We're going to have people in a few categories who hadn't spoken up about the problem.
"From what I have been told, I believe I have a comfortable lead," she said.
Randy Frederick, South Dakota Republican Party chairman, said Wednesday that District 12 was one of two Senate races for which he would seek a recount.
Frederick noted the mishap at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, where voters initially received District 11 ballots, and some voters left. Whether there is legal recourse to seek a new election because those who left and perhaps didn't return could have voted for Earley is premature, he said.Jerstad said if voters felt strongly about the election, they would have returned to cast ballots unless it was impossible.
"Some people schedule time to vote," he said. "In my particular case, I would have waited to come back."
"He (Earley) could have gained a few. I could have gained a few," she said of votes. "It's impossible to say."
Unfortunately, we're going to have the people who were totally oblivious to the problem. Then, we're going to have the people who didn't want the hassle of returning. And we're also going to have the group of people who just didn't care because those races weren't important to them.
Whether Jerstad likes it or not, the uninformed, lackadaisical, and those who consider the legislature unimportant have votes which count too. And because of that screwup by the Minnehaha County Auditor's office they were all denied that chance.
I think I heard a number around 37 or more ballots that were messed up before the problem was discovered. In a race that's down to 18 votes, 37 votes could have made all the difference in the world.