At the candidate's forum at the Eastham Methodist Church this morning, I was asked, yet again, a question I myself have been wondering: why don't the numbers of for the 4th Barnstable race add up?
I've heard that this could be because of provisional ballots. I've heard there were some spoiled ballots. I've heard that this is what recounts are for -- good thing we are having one, then.
The answer presented itself in an official notice to me of the recount from the Secretary of State's office. So for posterity, here they are:
Andrew G. Buckley 833
Donald F. Howell 862
Aaron Maloy 874
All others 8
Total Votes Cast 2577 (excluding blanks)
My commentary, for the moment, is first that the number of blanks here is much higher than reported in the papers. It is also a initially surprising that anyone would bother to go vote in the primary when so many races were uncontested, and leave this race blank. It should be noted that the number of blanks in the state senate race was even higher.
My other comment is that on the other hand, blanks should be counted in the total vote tally. These people took the trouble to come and by not voting, made a conscious choice not to give their support to anyone in this race. And that number, in this race, could have made a world of difference in the outcome -- even to Maloy, who would not be having to deal with a recount now.
As for the persistent perception that there were Peake people voting in the Republican primary, it was confirmed to me that in Harwich there was at least one write-in for her. But growing up on Cape Cod, I know there are just some people who are plain contrary by nature.