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Commissioner disappointed in election office response

Micro Vote may have publicly accepted the blame for the errors in the Republican primary, but 6th District Commissioner Joe Grandy is far from satisfied.
“If our local group thinks that relieves them of providing accurate data, they’re wrong,” he said two days after the May 6 election. “Pushing it off to some software company is absolutely unacceptable.”
A mistake in the website posting of election results, which attributed the largest number of votes to Commissioner Mark Ferguson and left newcomer Tom Foster trailing, was blatantly obvious, according to Grandy.
“We had gotten results from each of the three polling locations for District 6, and every machine showed the same trend,” he said.
“Tom, Tom and Joe were very close, with the other two contenders at half those numbers or less.” The second Tom referred to is candidate Tom Krieger, with Commissioner Gearld Sparks rounding out the pool.
In addition to indicating an error in Election Day results posted on the website, Grandy said that trend pointed to potential problems in the early voting totals. “Unless there is some catastrophic event, you rarely see such a difference between early voting and Election Day numbers.”
Grandy’s personal experience as a candidate supported his theory. “Just from being out there knocking on 2,500 doors in the last few months, I did not see how Ferguson could be the leader.”
Yet, the response from the Election Commission Office when he went to share his concerns was surprising.
“I got the hand in the face and was told there was zero, I repeat zero, chance of an error being possible because there was no human entry in the process,” Grandy remembers. “Three and a half hours later, it was possible.”
Grandy actually made two trips to the election office. “The first time I went over, they were still waiting for some of the numbers to come in, so it was inappropriate of me to approach them,” he said. “But when I went back and everyone was packing up and getting ready to leave, I felt very frustrated.”
He wasn’t even sure his request for an investigation was taken seriously. “I left feeling like they weren’t going to do anything about it. What got them to, I don’t know,” he said.
Grandy said his comments are not intended to be accusatory with respect to fraud, but the Election Commission is responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the numbers.
“As an elected official, I have to be able to go to the electorate and tell them how it happened and how it will not happen again,” he said, adding state and federal elections could also be impacted. “If you could invert the number of votes in one election, what keeps it from happening in another?”
According to Grandy, the Election Commission and staff need to provide better answers on how the error occurred. “This is not a situation where it’s okay to be close.”
In addition, Grandy said he would like to see some process that will guarantee the future integrity of the numbers.
“What we saw on election night is not a system that can do that. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let off of that gas pedal,” he promised.