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Delaware's Black Caucus Suggests Racial Discrimination In Letter To Dept of Elections

<em><strong>Guest Post By:
Jahi Issa Ph.D</strong></em>

Court action filed:  http://www.delawarepolitics.net/gunn-v-mckenna-recount-gop-files-in-court-to-fight-for-justice/

November 14, 2014

Re: La Mar Gunn vs Delaware Department of Elections

The Delaware Black Caucus (the caucus) hereby writes this letter of complaint regarding determinations made by the Delaware Department of Elections (the Department) and the Kent County Board of Canvas in the Recorder of Deeds election held in Kent County Delaware on November 4, 2014. We are specifically requesting that you and your office fully investigate the processes and procedures utilized in deciding the outcome of the election and further request that no one be sworn into office until your investigation is complete. The caucus has good cause to fear that impropriety and racial discrimination may have taken place in the decisions made to date by the Department and Kent County Board of Canvass. Our reasons for this include but are not limited to:

1. On November 4, The Republican African American Candidate was declared the winner of the election by two votes.
2. On November 6, 2014 the Democrat White Candidate was declared the winner by two votes.
3. There were several recounts that had different results.
4. There were no African Americans participating in the recount or decision making process of the recounts.

The most troubling of all the potential improprieties is that fact that there was an increase of two votes in the overall number of votes cast on the day of the election and the day of the recount.

On election night November 4, 2014 the total number of votes cast in this election was 38,492, however the total number of votes considered by the department in the recount is 38,494.

The fact that the total number of votes changed by two votes from the initial count to the recount is unconscionable and cries out for relief and intervention from an outside unbiased third party.

Candidate Gunn maintains the position that the election was stolen from him. Based upon the information available to us, we cannot disagree and have good cause to be concerned and request your immediate intervention and assistance accordingly.

Candidate Gunn has reported to us those absentee ballots with x beside his name were considered by the judges to be votes cast against him. The caucus maintains that if in fact that did occur that decision was arbitrary and capricious and is good cause by itself for you to investigate and intervene in this most important matter.

We make it clear that the Delaware Black Caucus is the organization that represents Black elected officials in our State. While the predominance of our members are in fact democrats, we stand primarily and foremost we stand for fairness.

In our view “a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

It is for these reasons that we cannot stand idly by and risk the possibility of an African American candidate for elected office being disenfranchised and request your prompt and immediate intervention according.

We are requesting that any and all persons who made inappropriate decisions resulting in any impropriety be held accountable and responsible for their actions up to and including removal from their positions.

Finally, in an effort to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences and/or allegations of impropriety we are requesting that you take any and all actions necessary to assure that there is substantive inclusion of diversity at all levels of decision making within the Department of Elections and Boards of Canvass throughout the State of Delaware.
We await your response.