McLeod out, Allen in District 12 runoff after recount

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The results are in from a recount of votes cast in the July 31 Republican primary for Congress, and Evans lawyer Wright McLeod is officially out of a runoff for the 12th District seat.

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Board of Elections members from left Sanford Loyd, L.C. Myles, and Chip Barbee organize polling location memory cards during a recount for Wright McLeod who finished in third place in the 12th Congressional District GOP primary last week.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Board of Elections members from left Sanford Loyd, L.C. Myles, and Chip Barbee organize polling location memory cards during a recount for Wright McLeod who finished in third place in the 12th Congressional District GOP primary last week.

12th Congressional District Runoff

That means Rick Allen will face Lee Anderson in the Aug. 21 runoff. The final tally had Anderson with 20,551 votes, or 34.22 percent; Allen with 15,436 votes, or 25.71 percent; McLeod with 14,856 votes, or 24.74 percent; and Maria Sheffield with 9,207 votes, or 15.33 percent.

McLeod was allowed a recount of votes cast across the district’s 19 counties because the difference between his and Allen’s totals was less than 1 percent of votes cast. Thursday’s recount added one Burke County vote to McLeod’s total.

In a statement, McLeod said he’d hoped the recount would show a different result but conceded his place in the runoff to Allen.

“All of us in the Republican family want to nominate a qualified candidate of high character so we can defeat John Barrow in November,” McLeod said. “I congratulate Lee Anderson and Rick Allen, one of whom will be that person.”

Allen dogged McLeod before the primary, filing a Federal Elections Commission complaint about his campaign disclosures, and McLeod later amended them at the FEC’s request.

Appearing indifferent to the recount Thursday were Anderson and Allen, who attacked each other in new advertisements.

Allen assailed Anderson’s record in the Georgia House, calling his vote for the Transportation Investment Act an “$800 million tax increase.” Area voters approved the 1 percent transportation sales tax July 31. The Augusta region was one of only three in the state to approve it.

Allen also condemned Anderson’s 2010 vote for House Bill 1055, which imposed a “bed tax” on hospitals to help bridge the state’s Medicaid gap.

In a ready response, Anderson’s campaign said the bed tax was part of larger tax reforms that also cut income taxes on senior citizens and eliminated a portion of state property taxes.

As for the transportation tax, Anderson called Allen a hypocrite for criticizing the new sales tax while “funding his campaign with the millions he has made off of taxpayer-funded government projects” such as sales tax-funded schools built by R.W. Allen and Associates, Allen’s Augusta construction company.

It was unlikely that the recount would have changed the certified results Thursday, Richmond County elections officials said as they reloaded 486 memory cards filled with individual precinct results into card readers at the Board of Elections warehouse in south Augusta.

“I guess there’s an outside chance that some county somewhere failed to load a memory card, but to my knowledge it’s never happened,” Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.

Said elections board member L.C. Myles: “I’m just going by past recounts; there hasn’t been a wide deviation. It’s not like we have chads or hanging chads.”

Barrow, a four-term Democrat who moved to Augusta after his Savannah home was redrawn out of the 12th, was unopposed in the primary. His campaign released a statement Thursday praising the Federal Trade Commission for taking action against Google for tracking online customers. He also announced a job fair Saturday at Augusta State University.

VOTING IN THE RUNOFF

Rick W. Allen will face Lee Anderson in the Aug. 21 runoff.

Voters who chose the Democratic ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in the runoff for Richmond County sheriff but not in the runoff for U.S. House District 12.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE RUNOFF ON AUG. 21

Who can vote in the Aug. 21 runoff election?

1. Voters who chose the Democratic ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in the runoff for Richmond County sheriff but not in the runoff for U.S. House District 12.

2. Voters who chose the Republican ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in the runoff for U.S. House District 12 but not in the runoff for Richmond County sheriff.

3. Voters who selected the nonpartisan ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in either but not both runoffs.

4. Registered voters who did not vote in the July 31 primary election may vote in either but not both runoffs.

Who cannot vote in the Aug. 21 runoff election?

Those who have not registered to vote, or did not register before the July 2 deadline.

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Insider Information 08/09/12 - 06:28 pm
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Woohoo!

Woohoo!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/09/12 - 06:36 pm
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may the best man win. Go

may the best man win. Go Barrow.

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NoToBarrow 08/09/12 - 07:49 pm
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Good News!

Good News! Wright McLeod ran in the wrong primary. He is more of a Democrat than a Republican. Same thing goes for Rick Allen. Allen supported thugs like Champ Walker and gave him thousands for his run for Congress. I am supporting Lee Anderson for Congress.

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Arby 08/09/12 - 07:59 pm
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@notobarrow you should

@notobarrow you should probably get your facts straight before regurgitating Lee Anderson quotes. Yes, Rick did give him money because they were church friends. When he found out about criminal activity and misappropriation of funds, he ceased all ties. Or in words you can understand, when he done found out that he was doin' some wrong, he stopped giving him money. Rick Allen is the best man for the job, hands down

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Insider Information 08/09/12 - 08:21 pm
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Wright was a Democrat in

Wright was a Democrat in sheep's clothing.

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 08/10/12 - 12:39 am
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Anderson represents honesty in its truest form
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All Lee Anderson wants to do is serve the people of the 12th district. He has no stings attached to anyone. He can beat John Barrow.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/10/12 - 04:41 am
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Arby...Rick Allen and Champ

Arby...Rick Allen and Champ Walker went to the same church??? That must be some church, huh?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/10/12 - 06:35 am
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Rest of story?

Who will McLeod endorse?? That seems to me to be the biggest question. He got a very large chunk of votes, enough to sway the election if added to either Anderson or Allen's share. This is what is really important. Why didn't the reporter ask him that question?? Either would be a great improvement on Barrow.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/12 - 07:01 am
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100 % accurate?

Since we are told that the Electronic voting booths are 100% accurate.
I guess we must draw the conclusion that someone forgot to count a stray absentee ballot?

Maybe this is why more states have upgraded their systems to include a printed paper trail, after the ease of electronic vote tampering and outright inaccuracies were spotlighted.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 08/10/12 - 08:09 am
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Sorry to see McLeod go.

Wright McLeod was the best thing we had running. I don't care if he voted for Democrats before, so have I, but I am Republican. He actually stood up for the Constitution and liberty, was fully against TSPLOST and for auditing our Federal Reserve; plus he won almost all the debates they had by a wide margin.

Lee Anderson can't even get through a sentence without stuttering and he fully supported TSPLOST (even a good chunk of his donations came from area contractors who will be most benefiting from TSPLOST..the man is already bought and he hasn't even gotten to Washington yet!). He is not ready to represent anyone but himself. Oh well, guess I will go with the lessor of two evils and vote for Allen.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 08:20 am
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Paper Trail

@ nocnoc: The Diebold system used in the state of Georgia includes a paper trail. You can print out a report from each memory card or from an aggregate of several cards.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/10/12 - 08:53 am
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LL, I would prefer an

LL, I would prefer an individual print-out I could view myself and then deposit in a box for possible recount.

allhans
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allhans 08/10/12 - 09:25 am
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I don't think you will ever

I don't think you will ever again see a print-out. Paper-less society, ya know.

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soapy_725 08/10/12 - 11:02 am
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Let the fun begin....
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and when the dust settles, they will all be in the same "sheep's clothing". Hold on to your wallets as you are introduced to the real political winner, Ben Dover. Ben wins every election without being on the ballot. It is the farmer vs. the concrete spreader.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/10/12 - 11:05 am
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what this about R.W. Allen
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learning "his trade" under Ron Cross? Sort of like Jim Bakker under Pat Robertson.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/10/12 - 11:10 am
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one vote???? makes you wonder????
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each electronic vote was a "one or a zero". no hanging chads or misspelled names? makes you wonder. if they downloaded the results from a memory card initially, the memory card had to have been changed. one + one=ten every time, on time, all the time. Someone just misquoted the results.

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Conservative Man 08/10/12 - 11:12 am
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Defeat Barrow...

I've met all the candidates except for Mr. Anderson. ALL are preferable to anyone with a "D" beside his name. Now is the time to close ranks, pick a candidate, get behind him and get him elected. My take? While Lee has tons of rural support,and common sense (except in the case of TSPLOST) he is definitely not the most articulate of candidates. Sad to say but in a "sound bite" society, his countrified ways may hurt him in the general election. Rick Allen on the other hand, while having business sense and experience , I'm concerned that most of his business was built on government contracts,AND government contacts. But he is probably the most attractive in a general vs. Barrow. A tough choice to be sure...I'll wait until the debates to make up my mind....either way, we MUST defeat Barrow in November and hand both houses of Congress back to the Republicans. As I already believe Obama is toast this will ensure we'll have a chance to slow the impending collapse of the country a little bit sooner rather than later...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 11:34 am
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No Paper

@itsanotherday — think of the absurdity of having the voting machines print out a little paper receipt. The very reason they invented voting machines was because of human errors and human fraud that accompanies counting paper ballots.

If the voting machine says McCleod won, but the slips of paper printed out by the same machine say Allen won, who you gonna believe?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 11:50 am
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YES!!!! we must!!! its

YES!!!! we must!!! its IMPERATIVE!!!! the WORLD!!! NAY the UNIVERSE is at STEAK N' SHAKE.

Seriously, Barrow is about as good as republiconservatives could ask. Veterans love him. He looks out for 'em. He's worked to protect personal privacy online.

Anderson would make great Saturday Night Live fodder, supported T-SPLAT.

Allen is too enmeshed with the Augusta elites for my taste.

Successful businessmen should not be dependent on government for work. Just look at the last 10 biggest contracts his company had.

Also his buildings border on ugly, but I'ma blame that on hysteric augusta and the architects.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 11:54 am
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Little Lamb, I'd imagine in

Little Lamb, I'd imagine in that scenario there'd be another election or an inquisition.

There's nothing wrong with a paper back up. Lord knows the "paperless revolution" of computers has increased paper usage greatly.

I'd be happy to know theres a paper trail backing up easily hackable Diebold machines.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 12:02 pm
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I get receipts for buying a

I get receipts for buying a 74 cent soda. I would think a receipt tracking how one votes is worth the extra cost.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 12:28 pm
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The Point

You seem to be missing my point that it is the same "easily hackable" Diebold machine that is printing out the receipt. What do you gain by that?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 12:50 pm
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Well shoot, just bring back

Well shoot, just bring back the old butterfly ballot. Or whatever GA had before touch screen technology. I have vague memories of going into the voting booth with my mother as she voted at the old boy scout building in national hills.

We're saving money with Diebold, but whats the potential cost of no real paper trail?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 12:52 pm
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Zero

The cost of having no paper trail is nothing. It is the paper trail that adds cost to the election process and produces no benefit. Remember, the purpose of an election is to declare a winner and loser. It doesn't matter who the winner is.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 12:59 pm
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if you have complete faith in

if you have complete faith in the system, yes I suppose there is no cost.

for the skeptic, the cost is incalculable.

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allhans 08/10/12 - 01:12 pm
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I heard on the late night

I heard on the late night shows that women are falling out all over the place when Obama speaks,they go into such a frenzy that they faint. A good performance earn them 20 bucks....:)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 01:26 pm
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Skeptic

You can never satisfy a skeptic, no matter what you do.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/10/12 - 01:45 pm
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Little Lamb

i doubt that :)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/12 - 02:58 pm
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nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/16/12 - 06:43 am
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Problems with all brands of

Problems with all brands of Electronic machines have cropped up, where voters trying to vote a straight party ticket registered their votes for another party – in essence, flipping their votes.

Look no further than:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premier_Election_Solutions
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/10/07/liv_394811.shtml

To add cream to the pie ... having had a relative here in Augusta that once serviced the voting machines. Let us just say, he also indicated a need to have a printed paper trail for the Voter to verify their vote was physically recorded correctly and a internal / precinct level tabulation to ensure that the memory card vote matched the print out once the memory card had moved through several hands.

A Local example: Some of you might remember that a good while back the Augusta Savannah River area was lowered by the Corp of Eng. to do inspections. Remember that a Ballot box and a Ft. Gordon Stolen Safe were in the river? But does any one remember the Board of Elections every reporting a voting box missing?

Nope. Because in old days swapping out votes was possible just like it is today. Only the media is smaller and not as difficult to conceal or tamper with.

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