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Janet Oleszek Files For Recount

By Greg L | 30 November 2007 | Fairfax County, Virginia Senate | 15 Comments

Ken Cucinelli won a narrow victory in the 37th Senate District on election day by a small enough margin that triggered an automatic canvas.  This past Monday, based on the results of that canvas and finding no irregularities, the State Board of Elections certified Ken’s win over Janet Oleszek.  Yesterday, Janet Oleszek filed for a recount in Fairfax Circuit Court, alleging that none of the election machines in the district were properly used.  Not that the vote wasn’t correctly tabulated, but that the entire election was faulty.  This isn’t quite over, although this is starting to look pretty stupid.

I guess Janet realizes that recounting ballots from electronic voting machines after a canvas is pretty unlikely to change anything, and is changing tack here by arguing that the entire election should be thrown out and re-done.  Apparently none of the other elections in Fairfax County are similarly faulty, only the one held in this single Senate district.  An argument like that isn’t likely to succeed, but it sure will distract folks and burn through some taxpayer dollars for a while.

The first hearing on this will be Monday at 1:00 PM in Fairfax Circuit Court.  Senator-elect Chap Petersen’s law firm is one of the two firms representing Janet Oleszek in the lawsuit.  Whoda figured that?

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  1. park'd said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:08 am:
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    She needs to be a man and accept her loss. She’s making herself look like a fool and preventing any chance she might have in the future of running for the seat again.

  2. John Light said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:23 am:
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    …and again, and again, and again.

    If there are any lawyers who can help on Monday, please contact the Cuccinelli campaign at Mike@Cuccinelli.com.

  3. Patty said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:26 am:
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    One only has to look at the previous posts about her and the Youtubes to understand how incompetent she is. It doesn’t surprise me that should would pull this stunt. Maybe Virginia should send her a bill. What I can’t understand is how she was able to get so many votes. There are other democrats out there that are more capable. They can at least finish a sentence. What does this say about that district?

  4. Patty said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:29 am:
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    Sorry, “that should would” should be that she would. I’m still recovering from Westgate fever.

  5. John Light said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:58 am:
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    Patty, but you have to remember, she was “teacher endorsed”…what does THAT say!!! lol

  6. Johnson said on 30 Nov 2007 at 12:25 pm:
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    Go home, Janet. Whining after the fact only serves to embarass you. Be an adult and congratulate the winner.

  7. Red Woman said on 30 Nov 2007 at 12:37 pm:
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    No biggy. She’s entitled to her recount. Let her have it.

    I’m more concerned that she did well enough to be in the type of margin where one would be requesting a recount.

  8. G Man said on 30 Nov 2007 at 2:35 pm:
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    Red Woman she is not getting a recount. Were you taught to read in Fairfax county or something? Try reading the thread again.

  9. Bob Sentz said on 30 Nov 2007 at 3:17 pm:
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    Isn’t a recount available to those candidates that lose by 1% or so?

  10. josh said on 30 Nov 2007 at 6:10 pm:
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    i thought they already had a recount. i looks like she’s challenging further based on some new or likely imagined issues.

    she should just give it up…she gonna start looking for hanging chad’s or something?

    I had to deal with enough of this crap in florida back during the presidential elections and it was nuts..

  11. Kenton Ngo said on 30 Nov 2007 at 7:15 pm:
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    Josh–there has been no recount. What you’re probably thinking of is the official canvass which takes place in the days following the election (in all races, so it’s “automatic”, but it’s not because of the close margin). At that point all they do is re-add the totals in case there were math mistakes. A full recount would involve cracking open the machines.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the vote total shift a tiny bit because the machines operated on wireless technology banned by the GA last year forcing election officials to manually punch totals into a spreadsheet as opposed to just flipping a switch (there was no flash-drive or similar capability on these machines), but JO is more than unlikely to find 93.

  12. John Light said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:44 pm:
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    “At that point all they do is re-add the totals in case there were math mistakes.” - I PRAY TO GOD that Tom Kopko has nothing to do with “fixing” the “math error” - lol

  13. John Light said on 30 Nov 2007 at 11:45 pm:
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    “Yesterday, Janet Oleszek filed for a recount in Fairfax Circuit Court, alleging that none of the election machines in the district were properly used.”

    What is Janet’s definition of “properly used”??? That the majority DID NOT vote for her?? Yes, I, too, am concerned that she came that close to victory, but close is just not close enough.

  14. freedom said on 1 Dec 2007 at 9:14 am:
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    John Light said, “… I PRAY TO GOD that Tom Kopko has nothing to do with “fixing” the “math error” - lol”

    No worries John; he would surely follow precedent he set with the 51st District — if there were a math error, it should have been detected and corrected on election day, and since it were not detected then, would not be corrected later.

  15. Red Woman said on 3 Dec 2007 at 5:09 pm:
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    G-Man, I had to laugh at your post.

    Yes, indeed, I skimmed this thread and had about a week without reading the news in there as well. So you caught me being lazy. Mea culpa. (That would be Latin. “My bad” in the [very] vernacular translation for those who don’t remember Latin.)

    I do, in fact, read and speak three languages. I definitely did not go to school in Fairfax.

    Oh… and Janet Ole… well, she is destroying any hope for her political future with her constant whining. Good for her. Stick a fork in her; she’s done.

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