October 2009

The recount board for the October 6, 2009 City of Davenport Third Ward Primary Election met on October 12, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Scott County Administrative Center.

Candidate Michael Elliott appointed Michael Angelos as his representative on the recount board.  Candidate Paul Vasquez appointed Sharon Vasquez as his representative on the recount board.  The representatives appointed Keith Meyer to be the third member of the board.

The board received the ballots cast in the election from each precinct individually, beginning with the absentee precinct, and continuing with precinct 3-1 through 3-4, respectively.  The following process was used to recount the votes in each precinct.

Each board member reviewed each ballot and agreed on the candidate for which the ballot was cast.  As the board reviewed each ballot the ballots were separated by candidates.  After all ballots had been reviewed for a particular precinct each board member hand counted the results.  Each board member then publically stated the vote total for each candidate.

The board requested that the ballots to be tallied through each precinct’s respective voting machine.  Election Supervisor Richard Bauer cleared the previous results from the machine memory and ran a zero tape on each voting machine which had been used in the election to tabulate the results.  Auditor Moritz took the ballots for each precinct being recounted and ran them through each respective voting machine, after which Supervisor Bauer ran a results tape and sealed the ballots.

In each precinct the results were identical to the Election Canvass held on October 8th.

The board adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

On October 6th the Elections Department conducted primary elections for the cities of Buffalo and Davenport to narrow the field of contestants for the upcoming municipal elections to be held on November 3rd.  In Buffalo seven candidates vied for six positions on the general election ballot.  Of those six candidates, voters in Buffalo will elect three to the city council.  Congratulations to Kim Buchanan, Christine Carson, Olin Meador, Dana Jo Smith, Dave Stickrod, and Debbie Wilson on making it through the Buffalo Primary Election. 

In Davenport, three candidates in the Third Ward vied for two positions on the general election ballot.  One of those candidates will be elected as Third Ward Alderman on November 3rd.  The incumbant Bill Boom received 190 votes.  There was a very close decision for second place, with one vote separating the apparent winner, Paul Vasquez, who garnered 58 votes, from Michael Elliott, who garnered 57 votes.  Michael Elliott has requested a recount.  Congratulations to Bill Boom, and tentatively, to Paul Vasquez on making it through the Third Ward Primary Election.

The recount of the Third Ward Primary Election results will occur on Monday, October 12th starting at 9:00 a.m. with the recount board meeting in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the County Administration Building, 600 West 4th Street in Davenport.  Each candidate will appoint a representative to the recount board.  Their first order of business will be to appoint a third member to the board.  The candidates have informed my office that Keith Meyer will be selected as the third member.  We hope to have the recount completed within a few hours.  If the results change then the report of the recount board would be presented to the County Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday, october 13th meeting for recertification.