The count goes on and on

A recount is required for any race with a margin less than one-half percent. A statewide recount has not yet been ordered by the Secretary of State. A recount can only be ordered after all first unofficial results are filed. This deadline is today at noon. The closeness of these races indicate that we will be recounting at least one race ,and I believe a recount should be considered imminent for all Florida counties. Once the recount is ordered, we begin immediately following on Sunday at 9 a.m.. and continue daily until finished. I could not be more thankful for the federal grant funds which helped us purchase a new voting system!

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Right now, my staff and I are preparing for the largest statewide recount in Florida’s history. Here in Flagler County, we will begin recounting 53,000-plus ballots on Sunday at 9 a.m. and will continue daily until finished. The public, candidates, and committee representatives are welcomed to attend.

Our vote-by-mail, early voting and election day returns were fully reported on Election Night. Last night, the Canvassing Board completed the provisional ballots and write-in votes. All ballots have been reconciled and accounted for and all of our county results have been reported to the Division of Elections ahead of statutory deadlines. This is our procedure for every election cycle.

I am so proud of our county turnout! This has been a very busy election year. We are still running the election marathon and it’s nowhere near over. Your thoughts and prayers for my exhausted yet still dedicated staff would be most appreciated. Thanks to everyone who have called, sent a message or stopped by with words of encouragement. Even with our countywide recount, I expect official results to be available after the 10-day extension for our active duty military and civilians overseas on November 16.

Kaiti Lenhart, Bunnell

— Lenhart is Flagler County supervisor of elections.

Voting snags

In this day and age were we can put people in space and land on the moon, with all the electronic know-how, we can’t come up with a foolproof way to count election results? It seems like every time there is a election nationwide there is a problem. Between early, mail-in and absentee ballots, and just regular voting, there is just too much that can go wrong. Not to mention all the time and man hours involved in recounts.

Jim Amato, Ormond Beach 

 

Protect our border

President Donald Trump is right to send troops to our southern border. The U.S. Constitution, Article 4 Section 4 states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.”

An invasion is “an unwelcomed intrusion into another’s domain” or “an incursion by a large number of people or things into a space or sphere of activity.” An invasion doesn’t have to be armed. We have invasions of privacy. We have to fight against insect invasions. Until the wall is built and we put the appropriate number of border patrol officers on the border, the illegal alien invasion will continue.

Trump is doing a primary Constitution-authorized function: To protect American citizens and that obviously includes protecting America from this “illegal alien invasion.” Thank God we have a true patriot president who is putting America first and protecting all American citizens of every race, creed and color.

This is not a racial issue except for liberals who see everything though the racial prism. If it were Norwegians on our southern border doing this, the same would apply. Trump needs to send whatever troop strength and logistical support that is necessary. We defend borders of nations worldwide but not our own?

Ken Becht, Ormond Beach