Dem. Council of Review for Meck Sheriff

In case anyone cares, the Council of Review for the Mecklenburg Sheriff race has been, as of 7:30pm been going on for 9.5 hours today. Damn glad I am not there. Been watching it off and on all afternoon. It is being broadcast on our local government channel.

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Jeez

Im glad im in Raleigh.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

It has such a circus atmosphere.

Even the way the local news is covering it, it's quite bizarre. Meck County commissioners have already said they'd name Bailey as Sheriff, regardless of what the state board accomplishes. Quite a peculiar situation. It's left me wondering why we still elect such positions.

coverage

charlotte.com is covering it pretty good

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

As questionable as it all is...

It's given me a really interesting look in on the workings of a county party, or in this case, lack thereof. I've been glued all day, and am awaiting the 11PM opinion.

ruling: reorganize, revote

Ask county commission to hold off, revise precinct organization forms for clarity. All critical votes were 10-2.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Our County Chair

Yes, it looks like there were irregularities but a lack of oversite and playing loose and fast with the rules by our county chair are the real problems in this whole process

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Mackey Cheated

Not to mention the fact that Mackey cheated. There were people signed up as precinct chairs who had no idea. There were current precinct chairs, supporters of Bailey, who had their precincts reorganized without their knowledge to install Mackey supporters and there were people who unknowingly signed away their vote to someone else as a proxy. Most of these people were elderly who had no idea they were being used. WCNC covered this really well and it goes beyond shameful what Mackey and some of his supporters did to allow him to steal that (s)election.

Now to install Chip Bailey, the man who should have had the job to begin with.

Carolina Politics Online

All precincts have to be re-organized

Thanks to the bumbling of our county chair, all precincts in Mecklenburg have to be reorganized:

...All precincts -- not just the new ones -- were invalidated by the Council's order. We must reorganize all precincts, including our own individual precincts...

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

why

Why hat is wrong? that is a lot of precinct? were the leaders chosen not in the annual meeting were the meetings held on private property in secret?

TurnNCBlue

195 precincts

I believe we have 195 precincts and every single one has to be reorganized.

You will have to ask the council of review why.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Every precinct has to reorganize every year

anyways. That's what is scheduled to happen on March 11. You only elect precinct officers in odd years, but if no meeting or no quorum, then that precinct is not organized for that year.

Are you saying that the precincts need to be reorganized asap to facilitate a new election for sheriff? If so, why not just wait until after Mar. 11?

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

timing

The council of review only gave them 30 days to do the new election. I think the County Commissioners will be free to appoint who they want now anyway...since the party missed the first 30 day deadline.

Ah, gotcha. Decidedly inconvenient that 30

day stipulation. It could be pulled off, but would be tough. Of course if they have already blown the 30 day deadline then the point is moot. As you say, on to the commissioners ....

If the co. comm. do get to decide, how do you think they will vote? And would new nominations/candidates need to be presented? In other words, is the field wide open again?

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

My opinion only

I think the Commissioners will pick Chipp Bailey and never consider anyone else. He is the candidate the Republicans and Democrats can agree on and move on quickly. We should know pretty quickly if that is going to happen.

Depends

If a precinct cannot meet on the 11th, or fails to achieve a quorum, they still have a few chances to organize: the March 15th makeup date; a date selected by the county exec that falls at least two weeks prior to the county convention; or any time thereafter, when the county chair selects an acting chair for a precinct and a meeting is called. The first two options allow a precinct to elect delegates to county convention, the last one does not.