Good riddance to Mayor-No More Willie Lantigua. Yesterday we waited in suspense trying to figure out what the corrupt Lawrence mayor would do to try to steal the election from the people of Lawrence who voted him out of office last Tuesday. But, it appears justice may finally be served.
On election night the ballots counted gave Dan Rivera a 60 vote victory over Willie. At first it was reported that an additional 49 Provisional ballots needed to be reviewed…as it turns out, there were actually 54 Provisional ballots cast by people not on the voter list and set aside for review.
Yesterday the authorities began reviewing the Provisional ballots. They got through 47 of the 54. Of those 47 only 19 were deemed legitimate and acceptable ballots. 11 were for Willie L. and 8 were for Dan R. (Willie picked up 3 votes in the overall totals still leaving Dan with a 57 vote LEAD)
They will review the other 7 Provisionals on Tuesday. Also, yet to be determined are the absentee ballots from out of the country…they must be postmarked on or before election day and received in Lawrence by next Friday…there are 7 outstanding absentee ballots in that category…6 from the Dominican Republic and 1 from France…they may or may not ever arrive to be counted.
If every single remaining Provisional ballot (7) and every single absentee ballot mailed from a foreign country (7) cast votes for Lantigua that will STILL GIVE RIVERA a 43 VOTE LEAD over Willie. 43 votes is too much of a lead to be turned around in a full recount with machine voting.
Strike up the band! Hey, Kate Smith…we can hear you singing “God Bless America” loud and clear…even if Willie refuses to get off the stage!
GOOD LUCK, MAYOR DAN RIVERA! You will need it to heal that crippled city and to repair the damage Lantigua has done for far too long.