This Pinga/Alves Moment Brought to You by the Numbers Ten and Fifteen
When the RI Supreme Court decides tomorrow whether to take Senator Stephen Alves’ appeal for a do-over of the September 9 Democrat primary, perhaps we can also learn the source of the senator’s quizzical statement that fifteen Republicans voted in that election.
Alves has asked the state Supreme Court to order an entirely new election. His appeal is based on 18 questionable ballots that were cast in the primary election — 15 of which were cast by Republicans voting in the Democratic primary. And there were three fewer signed voter forms than there were ballots cast.
In fact, the West Warwick Board of Canvassers has officially stated that only ten Republicans voted in that primary.
Are those five phantom voters the manifestation of some repressed regret on the part of Senator Alves who perhaps feels more strongly about staying in office than he has publicly disclaimed?