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County: Courthouse did not close early on recount deadline

Posted: May 28, 2014 - 11:47am

The Republican member of the Faulkner County Election Commission said today that he was at the courthouse waiting for County Clerk candidate Marvin Lessmann on May 22 at 4:33 p.m. — three minutes after the deadline to file a petition for a recount in the May 20 primary election.

Lessmann has claimed that he was on the courthouse steps at 4:28 or 4:29 p.m. on that day to file the petition for a recount, but the door was locked.

Unofficial but complete Faulkner County election results show that Lessmann lost the Republican Party primary election for the position 3,808 votes to Deputy County Clerk Margaret Darter’s 4,484. 

Paul Foster, the Republican commissioner, said that Lessmann had called him earlier on May 22 to let him know that he would be filing a recount petition, and that he, County Clerk Melinda Reynolds, Democratic Party Election Commissioner Betty Pickett and the clerk’s office staff were there expecting him.

When he never showed up, Foster said, he assumed that Lessmann had changed his mind about a recount.

The County Clerk’s office has given the Log Cabin Democrat a piece of paper with filemarks at 4:27, 4:29 and 4:30 on May 22 with the words “This was done on 5/22/14 for the purpose of anyone that wanted to file a petition for a recount. My office staff and two election commissioners [were] present at the time of closing” written on it.

Lessmann was told today that Foster and the county clerk’s staff claimed to have been waiting for him at 4:30 p.m. and a few minutes after, and that they say he never showed up. He said he maintained his version of events, and couldn’t explain the inconsistency between his and their stories. 

"I got out of my car at 4:28; I walked up the steps at 4:29; I rattled the door; I tried the back door; I looked back down and my phone said 4:31," Lessmann said this afternoon. He also said the reason he waited until the last — the very last — minute was because he had been busy trying to get precinct-by-precinct results.

Lessmann and Foster both said they were relying on their cell phones to note the time. If Lessmann had called again to say he would be late, Foster said, someone would have been there waiting on him, but no call came. 

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Baylor
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Baylor 05/28/14 - 11:57 am
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Liar

Marvin, liar liar pants on fire! Go home and start planning your next run for whatever office you're contemplating. My suggestion is Governor. On second thought, make it president. Whoa!!! Marvin for President! Use the same signs though!

Baylor
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Baylor 05/28/14 - 11:58 am
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On another note! Please buy a fleet of bread trucks. Think of how many cities you'll have to visit! People Not Politics!!! Bbwwwwaaaahhhaaaaa!

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 05/28/14 - 12:13 pm
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It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

I showed up last Wednesday to vote for him, but there were no voting machines.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/28/14 - 03:11 pm
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Hey, gerl

Still think this is a typical example of how government operates? Or are you willing to admit that county workers went above and beyond the call on this one?

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 05/30/14 - 12:04 am
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Above and beyond

By staying open until 4:33?

Ask a FEMA recipient or a veteran at the VA about government operations, not me.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 05/30/14 - 08:41 am
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Hmm

I used to have a barber who closed at 5:30pm. If you were in the door by closing time then he would stay late to cut your hair. Even if you walked in at 5:29 and there were six people waiting he would stay because they were there before closing. Once 5:30 hit he was no longer accepting more customers.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/28/14 - 12:03 pm
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This

This just keeps getting better.

David
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David 05/28/14 - 12:20 pm
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Small town

Conway is a small town yet not so small that there is only one person per resident name. Who is "Foster?" Is that his surname or his given name? Perhaps he is the one responsible for synchronizing all the watches and clocks in the city. Sounds like a good job for the old Foster Brooks character.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 05/28/14 - 12:34 pm
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Paul Foster. Fixed now.

Paul Foster. Fixed now.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 05/28/14 - 12:24 pm
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