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Echoes of New York’s “Stolen Senate”?

Posted on November 3, 2010, 2:23 pm

As we watch events unfold this year concerning the unsettled control of the state senate in New York, and the several elections on which that control depends, let’s hope that the current resolution contains nothing like the ugliness that afflicted a similar episode in 1891.

This Morning's View

Posted on November 3, 2010, 10:14 am

As I look over the undecided statewide races, this is what emerges for me this morning: Connecticut is the only state that I would label as “yellow alert” so far, using my alert system, given that litigation has already occurred to extend the polling hours in Bridgeport, and more litigation is anticipated.  Alaska warrants a "blue" level, because of the potentially uncertain status of the write-in ballots. Otherwise, the processes are proceeding as they should with no cause for concern (at least not yet)—the "green," and best, category.

Close Elections Are Healthy - If We Trust the Refs

Posted on November 2, 2010, 1:30 pm

On Election Day, as we contemplate the potential process of resolving races “too close to call” tonight, let’s not jump to any premature conclusion that there were voting issues. Just because a race is too close to call is not an indication there are any problems. The increased use of absentee and provisional ballots in the past decade means we have to sometimes wait for these ballots to be counted before a winner can be declared. And, a recount is a process, not a problem. After a recount is conducted, if there is litigation, that is when we begin to become concerned.


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