Skattershooting About Election
I spent most of the election night
running between the County Clerk's office and Ed Winfrey's computer in
Carol Ann Carson's office so I could update the results on Wise County
on the Web. I got rained on and almost hit by a car.
Did you know that the early ballots
are not counted until the polls are closed?
Phil Ryan dropped by the clerk's
office several times. Phil manages to continue to win re-election as a
Democrat in a county that is clearly Republican. If you have ever seen
him "work" a room, you would know why.
There's a little friendly tension
in the room as we awaited the results. Since I had access to presidential
results because of all my running, I would occassionally bring everybody
up to date. I proclaimed at around 7:45 p.m. that Gore had taken Florida.
When I was told that Florida had
been "taken" back at around 9:00 p.m., I couldn't believe it.
Did you know the Wise County
Messenger controls the posting of the results at the clerk's office?
Sherry Parker (who does a great job) comes out an hands the results to
a representative of the Messenger who then hand writes them on a
With the exception of the constable
race of Denney-Dennis, the leader after the early voting results were released
would eventually win the election.
You would think that the Clerk's
office would be bombarded with calls from people wanting election results.
Not true. I estimate that only one call was received every ten minutes.
I was writing down the results with
a pen and pad. The Republican chief had a laptop that Bill Gates would
die to have.
At around midnight I finally got
to sit in front of a television and watch all the returns. The presidential
race was tied at 240 electoral votes a piece with five states remaining.
It was truly amazing.
Why don't the Liberatarians receive
more votes? The more I visit with people, the more I believe most
people have Liberatarian beliefs but just don't know it. I guess Joe Blow
looks at the name and thinks "must be a bunch of liberals".
Have you ever seen a meaner race
than that of Pete Sessions and Regina Montoya Coggins?
Bush's press guru Karen Hughes comes
across a bit grumpy. Seems like he would have chosen someone more media
At 1:30 in the morning, I'm watching
television with three friends. ABC is on the screen. Amazingly, the local
Channel 8 affiliate breaks away and takes over the broadcast. Then more
amazingly, Gloria Compos announces that CNN is calling Florida for
Bush thus giving him the presidency. The race is over.
After I while, myself and another
individual begin talking in a different room. The conversation somehow
manages to go on for so long that it has become 3:30 a.m. I could
hear the TV in the background and it sounded as if some commotion was breaking
out. "I think something is going on," I proclaim.
We go back to the TV just in time
to watch ABC "pull back" Florida. I smile as I think of the confusion
tomorrow morning when everyone picks up the paper or turns on the television.
The early edition of the Star Telegram has already been printed
with a headline of "Bush Wins".
ABC says it "pulled back" Florida
because of the automatic recount. They did not say that the decision was
actually made because it truly was too close to call.
If you want to watch some funny
TV, watch Peter Jennings at 4:00 a.m. in the morning. The man was loopy
and punch drunk.
Barry Green is the District
Attorney for the 271st Judicial District of Texas.
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