"What voters expect of elections are accuracy, confidence and finality, and we didn't get that at its highest value on Sept. 9," said Cary Silverman, a candidate for the Ward 2 council seat. "We still don't know if the results are accurate today."
Silverman was testifying at today's hearing on the Sept. 9 election mishaps being chaired by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).
Silverman, who lost to longtime incumbent Jack Evans, told the panel that had it not been for about 1,500 "phantom write-in" ballots, the Board of Elections might not have known there was a problem with the results on election night.
"During this process I thought it was an informational black hole," Silverman said. "Calls to the board went unreturned."
Silverman said he still wants to know how at 9:30 p.m. he got 3,097 votes and Jack Evans got 4,379 votes, and by 11:10 p.m. that number changed to 1,582 for Silverman and 2,897 for Evans.
Hamil R. Harris