They do love to vote

Wallace Collins, who used to represent District 45 in the Oklahoma House, was elected chairman of the state Democratic Party, though it wasn’t exactly an overwhelming win: no candidate failed was able to get a majority in the first round, and in the second round, Collins defeated perennial (0 for 3) District 87 candidate Dana Orwig, 326-213.

Party rules require that the chair and the vice chair be of opposite sexes, and Orwig defeated incumbent Christine Byrd, 281-231.

The process was slowed somewhat by the fact that there were only 473 qualified delegates.

Erratum: Should be obvious.


  1. McGehee »

    16 May 2011 · 9:47 am

    no candidate failed to get a majority in the first round

    Somebody needs to demand a recount.

  2. CGHill »

    16 May 2011 · 10:18 am

    Well, you’ll notice the discrepancy in the number of eligible voters. (Like that helps.)

  3. McGehee »

    16 May 2011 · 11:06 am

    Yes — my whole concept of Democrats’ ability to do simple arithmetic has been shaken. I’m going to go lie down.

  4. Dan B »

    16 May 2011 · 5:21 pm

    Okay, 326 + 213 = 529 and 281+231 = 522, but there were 473 qualified delegates.


    1) Someone got “supervotes”, kinda like the shareholder with the big voting bloc has more votes than the person with 100 share in his IRA, with specific rules as to how the supervotes are allotted and counted.

    2) Unqualified delegates got to vote, with the votes counting as a fraction (maybe even 1/1) of the qualified delegates vote, with specific rules as to how the fractional votes are allotted and counted.

    3) Not a single one of the 473+ Democrats in the room knows how to operate a $1.99 calculator.

    4) Somebody went back to the old adage: Vote early, and often.

    Put my money on #4 to Win and #2 to Place.

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