• Comment

Courthouse closed when candidate tried to request recount

Posted: May 23, 2014 - 2:50pm

County Clerk candidate Marvin Lessmann claims that he tried on Thursday to petition the county for a recount in his primary race, but the courthouse was closed. 

Lessmann said that his watch and phone said 4:28 or 4:29 p.m. on Thursday when he was at the Courthouse steps, but the door was locked. So was the back door. Closing time is 4:30 p.m., and Thursday was the last day to ask for a recount. 

Lessmann said that he and others have been concerned about a high number of under votes in some races. Under votes happen when a voter doesn’t select a candidate in a race, and the unofficial but complete results show 903 under votes in Lessmann’s primary race against Margaret Darter. Darter won 4,484 to 3,808, the results show.

Rhonda Wood, who will be taking her place in the Arkansas Supreme Court at the start of the year, said she would be filing a complaint because a poll worker refused to post the results at the close of voting on Tuesday. Lessmann said he shares Wood’s concern, and that a recount in close races would give the public more confidence that the process was fair. 

The Faulkner County Election Commission will be considering whether to do a recount themselves, County Clerk Melinda Reynolds said. 

(edit: a previous version of this story erroneously omitted the words "claims that he" from the first sentence — JL)

  • Comment
Comments (12) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
conwaygerl
6210
Points
conwaygerl 05/23/14 - 03:16 pm
2
0
welcome

to government operations, Marvin.

Igor Rabinowitz
9281
Points
Igor Rabinowitz 05/23/14 - 03:25 pm
6
0
Wait

He waited 'til 4:29 to request a re-count?

Seriously?

braydin
970
Points
braydin 05/23/14 - 03:26 pm
4
0
Next time don't wait until

Next time don't wait until literally the last minute! I don't know about others but I don't want any more procrastinators in public office, we have enough of that already.

conwaygerl
6210
Points
conwaygerl 05/23/14 - 04:34 pm
3
0
I agree with both of you

Irresponsibly late or just indecisive about a recount, either way, he cut it too close.

But if you're needing a restraining order or other important document, the office should be open during business hours.

Baylor
213
Points
Baylor 05/23/14 - 06:21 pm
1
1
GO HOME!

Are you friggin kidding me? Marvin, you lost! Go home! Go away! You shouldn't have waited until the last two minutes to do this. This was either on purpose or you're lying about the time. My guess is you're lying. If wouldn't be the first time. We all know that. Quit embarrassing yourself and the many many other members of your party. If you only knew what people think about you. Geeez! Get lost.

lancejgosnell
386
Points
lancejgosnell 05/23/14 - 08:18 pm
2
0
Everyone knows Government

Everyone knows Government workers who work in administrative positions get to go home at 4pm or 4:30pm.

Fortunately for government administrators they typically don't have to work the hours of the average American worker. Yet, that also, means the average worker has the deck stacked against them if they have to get something done on government time because it almost always conflicts with corporate time.

ucantbserious
30361
Points
ucantbserious 05/23/14 - 09:57 pm
3
0
357
1874
Points
357 05/24/14 - 08:09 am
4
0
Okay, the courthouse closing

Okay, the courthouse closing a even a couple of minutes early is not appropriate, but really Mr. Lessmann, showing up at 4:28 on the final day to ask for a recount?

Baylor
213
Points
Baylor 05/24/14 - 09:50 am
2
2
Publicity

My guess is that this is a publicity stunt to gain a little notoriety for his next race for Circuit Clerk. County Judge, ouch, County Clerk, ouch. Ahhhh maybe Circuit Clerk. After that he should run for Congress.

Faulkner_Conservative
142
Points
Faulkner_Conservative 05/24/14 - 06:03 pm
1
0
You Got It

Baylor, it was publicity timed so Ms. Darter couldn't respond. Too bad the doors were locked on time. That's what happens to folks who try to play games like that.

Seems he had a very good day Thursday. He told the Tea Party at lunch what a clean race he'd won. But then he said Ms. Darter had been unethical. After Marvin threatened her husband over the telephone. Even his own daughter won't vote for him, publicly supported Ms. Darter.

Someone needs to get a grip before he does serious damage. Makes the Republicans look bad.

Back to Top