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HD-105 Race: Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R) vs. Bob Romano (D)

by: Phillip Martin

Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:56 PM CST

A reminder of where we were on Tuesday in the 29-vote race:

  Vote Totals
 % of Vote
 Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R)
 19,830 48.73%
 Bob Romano (D)
 19,801 48.67%
 James Baird (L)
 1,059 2.60%

A little update from the Dallas Morning News:

According to results from Tuesday's race, Ms. Harper-Brown received 19,830 votes compared with Mr. Romano's 19,801. Ms. Harper-Brown initially had a 25-vote lead, but Mr. Sherbet said that during an internal accuracy check, some votes were found to have been counted twice. After those double-counted votes were fixed, Ms. Harper-Brown's edge rose to 29 votes.

So we're at 29 votes, not 25. What happens with the provisional ballots?

Dallas County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said it will probably be Monday before the provisional and overseas votes are counted.

His office will begin reviewing provisional ballots before they are turned over to a board made up of Democrats and Republicans to determine their validity. The validity is decided before the ballots are unsealed, so even those deciding whether to count the votes don't know which candidate they favor.

Mr. Sherbet said races with such a high turnout rarely run so tight that the final number of accepted provisional ballots could swing the outcome. 

There is another issue that is unspoken here -- the pressure that Speaker Tom Craddick may exert through the Republican Secretary of State's office. The Secretary of State could try and step in and ask for copies of ballots to help verify the process -- which would be illegal. Such a move would really just be so Republican lawyers could start investigating the voters early, to try and disqualify them.

The race isn't going away any time soon. Though some wish it would:

Mr. Romano said his main concern is to ensure that every vote is counted.

"I'm not in a position to say much or do much," he said. "Things are going absolutely crazy. I want to get out of here and go deer hunting."


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Any self-respecting Dem in HD105 that didn't vote (0.00 / 0)
should be tarred and feathered at the nearest TDP gathering.

Word on the street is that Harper-Brown thinks she'll lose after the provisional ballots are in...


Monday (0.00 / 0)
So, it's Monday, no one seems to have heard any updates on this. What's the status of the provisional ballots? Have they started looking them over yet? I heard there are 280, so Romano might still pull out a win, no?

Those pesky provisional votes (0.00 / 0)

I was an election worker during last Tuesday's election. One of my jobs was to help some of the people with their provisional votes.

Most provisional votes seemed to be part of a boyfriend-girlfriend pair. "Oh honey have you voted yet?" "No." "Well lets go down and get you voted." So trying to be accommodating to their other half, BF or GF arrives with no voter registration in the system and winds up voting  provisional.

So the previous poster is correct. Don't look for salvation in provisional votes.

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