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I want to thank everyone who supported the Working Families Party this election. Taking Back Congress was our top priority, and now Mike Arcuri, Kirsten Gillibrand and John Hall are headed to D.C. to be part of a new majority.

We want to know how many votes we got for our candidates. The official vote count is still happening so we don't have hard numbers yet, but we're up to 146,000 votes (and rising!) on Row E.

After the jump is a rundown on where things stand on counting the votes.

(This post is crossposted with pictures at

At the end of election day, poll workers count the number of votes in each ED for each candidate on each ballot line. An election district, or ED, is the smallest voting district in New York, and each voting machine covers only one ED. The voting machines are then sealed and those poll worker vote counts become the unofficial returns that are reported on election night.

The voting machines then go back to the warehouse, where the Board of Elections has 15 days to verify the vote counts by recanvassing the machines. The recanvass works like this: each machine gets opened and a Board of Elections worker writes down how many votes each candidate got on each party's ballot line for that ED. If the recanvass counts a different number of votes than the poll workers counted on election night then the number from the recanvass is the official number that gets used.

The short version of that is you walk down row after row of voting machines and stop at each one to count the number of votes recorded for the election. You can see what workers are looking at on each machine at:

There's 15 days from election day to finish the recanvass. How long the recanvass takes depends on where you are. The Staten Island recanvass took half a day, but in Manhattan the recanvass started at 10am on Tuesday and was about halfway done at 6pm. A contested election with representatives from multiple campaigns verifying the recanvass can take even longer.

What comes next? The paper ballots are counted, and after that the election is certified. That's when we'll know our official vote totals.

I'll post more updates on the vote count as I know more.  Thanks again to everyone who voted!

Originally posted to Steve WFP on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 10:46 AM PST.

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  •  You're welcome (2+ / 0-)
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    Steve WFP, crowgirl
    I looked at every Dem and then checked to see if they were also on WFP and pulled that lever if they were. Thanks for giving me the option.

    If we had already forced Media to be open for the Public, almost all we write here would not be needed.

    by Jim P on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 10:54:32 AM PST

  •  Sorry Off Topic about the NDC, Mike Arcuri and (0+ / 0-)

    Kirstin Gillibrand

    According to Ellen Tauscher, both belong to the New Democratic Coalition.

    Hailing from every region of the country, New Democrats are intent on modernizing both the Democratic Party and the country.  New Democrats support policies to expand economic growth and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to benefit from that growth; a fiscally responsible and efficient government; a secure homefront; and a robust foreign policy that includes trade, constructive U.S. leadership throughout the world, and a modern and strong military.

    It sounds like Democrats who don't belong to the NDC are anti-growth, don't want all Americans to benefit from that growth, anti-fiscal responsibility, terrorist loving, ......insert Rove talking points.

    If I were a lobbyist, regretting all those checks I had sent to the GOP, I would think Ellen and her NDP were "open" for business.

    I'm particularly interested in how Ellen and her NDP stand on public funding for all national elections. With public funding, Ellen wouldn't have to posture as someone trying to imitate Bugman Delay and his friends.

    Any context you could provide would be appreciated.

  •  Multi party candidate endorsements aren't good (2+ / 0-)
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    davybaby, John Casper

     New York's laws which allows a candidate to be on an unlimited number of lines is undemocratic to say the least. There were some races in which candidates had as many as 5 different lines. Now I am aware that when major parties can be co-endorsed by minor ones, it cuts down the opportunity for minor parties to be in the race for the sole purpose of acting as spoilers, but it also allows the major parties to dominate the smaller ones. Hence never creating the conditions for any parties other than the major ones. With all that said, I think the Working Families Party was a great idea, and I am glad they did well in the recent election,

    Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

    by pollbuster on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 11:04:54 AM PST

    •  Why is it undemocratic? (0+ / 0-)
      •  Why it's undemocratic (0+ / 0-)

        The question is asked, why is it undemocratic to allow parties to have an unlimted number of lines in contested elections? Well the last 2 words are the answer. Elections are contests that are supposed to be contested. Imagine if a party had all the lines in a race, or in the entire election, there would be no question of its non democratic character. The fact remains, the more alternatives, the more democratic. The less alternatives, the less democratic. No alternatives is then a situation of a total lack of democracy. In New York, there were a number of races, involving judges where all the ballot lines went to either the democrat or the republican. It is likely that the parties agreed to this arrangement. Therefore the elections for these judges were predetermined by the parties and not by the people. This is not what democracy is supposed to look like.

        Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

        by pollbuster on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 12:11:48 PM PST

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        •  Umm (0+ / 0-)

          It's up to the third-parties as to who is on those lines.  Isn't it less democratic if those parties can't pick a certain candidate for their line just because they are already on another line.

          •  Yes that's true (0+ / 0-)

            Yes that's true, but bear in mind that when these cross endorsements take place, they come with a price. And that price generally involves some kind of favor that is promised to the minor party. These back room deals usually involve patronage, and other assorted goodies, that may benefit some of the party faithful, but won't benefit the average voter. It's actually a very corrupt practice.

            Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

            by pollbuster on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 04:04:47 PM PST

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        •  People Have a Voice When They Participate (0+ / 0-)

          The minor parties are small enough that anyone who wants to have a voice about who gets endorced and is willing to do the work can have a huge effect on the endorcement process. The more successful your district and county is, the more you are heeded.

          Click here to educate New York voters. John Sweeney

          by tikkun on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 01:58:59 PM PST

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          •  I would assume (0+ / 0-)

            I would assume that the endorsement takes place within the committee nominating process as it does with the major parties. Each committeeperson has a vote, but the recommendation of the party chairmen   carries great weight.

            Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

            by pollbuster on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 04:10:13 PM PST

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  •  As far as I'm concerned... (0+ / 0-)

    I don't care how many people vote on the WFP line as long as the votes go to the Democrat.  On the other hand, if the Republican is on the WFP line or some schmoe is on the WFP line, then the WFP can go to Hell.  Then they are part of the problem not the solution.

  •  Are you going to post voting district numbers? (0+ / 0-)

    My voting district came into the election with a weight of 9.  I was trying to double it; I heard that I may have tripled it or better.  Please, somebody at WFP headquarters, make the numbers easy to find.

    Click here to educate New York voters. John Sweeney

    by tikkun on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 01:53:26 PM PST

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