Tapping Out?

10 Jun

Today, Garland County Election Commission Chairman Charles Tapp submitted his resignation due to the unyielding pressures from angry voters, local media, and a pending lawsuit. A Garland County Democratic Committee spokesman has confirmed the resignation, which takes effect at the close of tomorrow’s business day.

Though we hope to see this lawsuit move forward — because it was clearly an attempt to limit democracy and disenfranchise Garland County voters who had leaned Halter in the May 18 primary — it must be noted that any action taken will have no bearing on this past Tuesday’s final result:

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln won Garland County in the runoff by 46 votes. Her opponent, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, had won the county in the May 18 primary by 474 votes. There are not enough votes in Garland County to change the outcome of the Senate race, which Lincoln won by more than 10,000 votes.

UPDATE: Attorney Ben Hooten, who filed the complaint on behalf of three voters in the county, has said he will drop his suit because of the Tapp resignation.

“I think that’s probably the best thing that could’ve happened in this case. It’s the easiest for everybody,” Hooten said.


One Response to “Tapping Out?”

  1. ozarknature June 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    It’s time for the Lege to step up and impose some legal order on these election commissioners. Most are very honorable people but the Garland County situation shows clearly how easily a renegade can disrupt any election if s/he’s determined to do so.


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