Henry wins recount, vote tally changes again

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 4:47pm

After a fifth vote count — a recount ordered by the Tennessee State Democratic Party — state Sen. Douglas Henry has emerged victorious in the District 21 state Senate Democratic primary by 17 votes.

According to Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett, a recount of votes from both voting machines and paper absentee ballots conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Davidson County Election Commission gave Henry 5,734 votes compared to 5,717 votes for Yarbro.

Previously, results tabulated by the election commission gave Henry an 11-vote advantage. Barrett said Henry picked up three votes and Yarbro lost three votes when recounting absentee ballots.

The Tennessee State Democratic Party Executive Committee, which serves as the party’s state primary board, had ordered the recount Monday night.

The election commission is scheduled to certify the final results Wednesday morning.

Following the release of the new figures, Yarbro said he called Henry to congratulate him on his victory and offered his support during the general election in November.

“This is obviously an election that was decided by a very small margin,” Yarbro said when asked for his reaction to yet another vote tally. “I think that the process that happened on election night was one that had to be thrown together pretty quickly, but it looks like they did as good of a job as they could under the circumstances.

“I’m pleased that we have a final number that we can have some confidence in going forward,” he said.

Bob Thomas, who serves as finance chairman for Henry, said the senator looks forward to working with Yarbro during the general election, adding that he was pleased with the way both sides handled the razor-thin election.

“Both sides worked very cooperatively to get a fair result,” Thomas said. “Mr. Yarbro and his team have been most magnanimous in this whole process.”

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 8/24/10 at 3:32

Good for Senator Henry. If there was only an opponent as good as Mr. Yarbro to run for the Senate in the north end of the county it would be a better Tn Senate. This shows that a margin of less than say 50 votes should be an automatic recount of any election without lots of formalities.

By: rbull on 8/25/10 at 6:27

I'm glad it is over and the best qualified man won and will represent District 21 well like he has over the past years. Senator Henry is a real statesman and fine gentleman and somebody the Tennessee Senate can and should be proud of for what he has done for the State of Tennessee.

By: shinestx on 8/25/10 at 6:33

So funny to watch Dem-wits steal votes from their own for a change. So Henry needed a little padding, and (oh, what is this?) 6 more votes just magically appear. With their minions from the unions and Moveon and Acorn (or whatever it is being called nowadays), they can just go "poof" and their boy gets more votes.

By: skeptic1 on 8/25/10 at 7:26

A total of 11,451 votes when you add them together and most of those were from the voting machines. How many paper ballots out of the 11,451 could their have been? How did they keep finding just a few more for Henry every time they counted? This is ridiculous! Hire bank tellers or waitresses to do the counting next time; I think they have learned to count more accurately since they often have to make up shortages out of their own pockets.

By: FLeFew on 8/25/10 at 7:48


I would like for you to sit there and place a tick mark after the name of a candidate on a list of 25 or more candidates and get it correct 100% of the time.

One person calls out each name on the ballot and another places the appropriate tic. Two more people from another political party watch, one to be sure that the correct name is called and the other to be sure that the correct name is marked. The six votes came when, on three ocasions, a tic mark was placed by Yarbro when it should have been by Henry.

(All the time, representatives of the candidates are milling around rushing things so that they can know the outcome as soon as possible. To them speed seems to be more important than accuracy)

I am amazed that it was just an error of recording three votes.

By: yogiman on 8/25/10 at 8:17

I know there is term limits by our election process, but I firmly believe there should be an technical term limit on all political offices. Too many of them make it a career. Go, serve, go home. It should not have a retirement program. Its costing us too much money... via more taxes.

You accept a position in office to serve the people, not make money off of them.

By: skeptic1 on 8/25/10 at 1:17

I agree that putting term limits on all political offices might keep some lawmakers from getting soooooooo cozy with lobbyists.