Slisz Wins by One Vote
by Buck Quigley - posted 4:45 pm, February 24, 2012
Based on a review of electronic records of ballots cast in last November’s election, City of Tonawanda Councilman Richard Slisz will retain his seat. Until today’s findings at the Erie County Board of Elections, he had been declared the loser by one vote to Augustine Beyer. Click here for some background. And here. More from the Tonawanda News here.
The matter had been playing out in the courts, where Slisz’s attorney Peter A. Reese had been pressing for an inspection of the paper ballots submitted by voters into the electronic voting machines. It turns out the machines store digital images of the paper ballots. This was the evidence scrutinized today.
At today’s proceedings, a ballot was discovered that had not been counted by the machine because the voter had circled Slisz’s name (rather than filling in the corresponding bubble). Thus, the voter’s clear intent had been ignored by the new technology.
The results are still not official, but it appears to be a concrete example of how fallible our voting system really is.