Henry up 11 votes on Yarbro in yet another revised vote tally

Monday, August 16, 2010 at 2:51pm

Results from a previously uncounted voting machine used in the state Senate District 21 Democratic primary have narrowed state Sen. Douglas Henry’s lead over attorney Jeff Yarbro to 11 votes.

The Davidson County Election Commission discovered the uncounted voting machine late last week during an audit of election results, a normal post-election review process, according to Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett. Previous figures had shown Henry with a 13-vote lead.

“It happens every election,” Barrett said. “We put out close to 600 voting machines. [Poll workers] have been there 14 hours. Sometimes they just misread one of them.”

Barrett said he didn’t have the exact figures that came out of the previously unchecked voting machine, but he said Yarbro took in two more votes than Henry. He said workers concluded the audit on Friday.

The new tally is the latest in a race in which the election commission first showed Yarbro up by 18 votes, then Henry up by two votes before announcing early last week that Henry was up 13 votes.

Citing the fluctuating results, Yabro has requested an expedited recount through the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. The election commission is expected to certify its figures Aug. 23. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: jlight523 on 8/16/10 at 4:38

Why don't they just give it to old Ducky? This is just another political exercise in which the stronger, wealthier opponent will prevail. Kudos to Yabro for coming so close, something I don't think anyone else has accomplished in the gazillion years Ducky has been holding court!

By: billyraydallas on 8/17/10 at 9:29

The election commission, particularly the chairman, have blown this issue. There is no reason for the continued ballot count changes. Mr. Barrett, who has done a good job of rebuilding the office, is getting out just in time. Perhaps some of the commissioners need to follow suit.

By: skeptic1 on 8/17/10 at 11:16

A "previously uncounted" voting machine sounds fishy to me. Do they keep finding them until Henry wins by a respectable margin?

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 8/17/10 at 11:19

No, No, No, no kudos for the yuppie lawyer/pseudo-lobbyist. This guy didn't do anything worth mentioning, everybody that keeps up with politics knows that most of Henry's supporters crossed over to vote in the other primary. Maybe your guy should try something more in his league, say city council. Let him show his constituents what he can do for them on a more local basis. Somehow I don't think this lowly position will be as appealing, but maybe I'm wrong.