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July 4, 2012

COLUMN: Recount and reflect on our freedom

CLAREMORE — Today, we celebrate the independence of our nation. A day when brave souls stood up to tyranny and formed a more perfect union that would treasure freedom for everyone.

Our Founding Fathers set in motion a republic that now boasts 50 states and more than 300 million citizens. All enjoying the freedom which began on July 4, 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate our liberty today. 
We stand and reflect upon the cost of our freedom and give thanks for all who have come before us, giving their lives to sustain it.
It took a revolution with the Royals of Great Britain to formalize and unite the 13 colonies. It took a revolution to establish individual rights and freedoms.
One of which is our precious freedom to cast a ballot for who we believe will best represent us in government.
Last week, Rogers County residents had the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the June 26 Primary Election.
It seemed so cut and dry when the results were announced. There were no close races. The county’s proposed sales tax drew the largest number of votes. In the other races the margins of victory were quite clear.
However, in the Rogers County Sheriff’s race, where incumbent Scott Walton defeated challenger Cole Butler for a second time in four years, the 2,287 vote difference was never close.
On election night, Walton received 5,481 and Butler, 3,194.
By the end of the week Butler had decided there just might be a problem with the voting machines not counting accurately. He paid $600 for a recount, which is his right. Whether it was in his best judgment is what many asked.
Most recounts happen when there is small margin of victory, but 2,287 votes?
The tedious recount was conducted on Monday and the results did not change the outcome, nor the questioning of Butler’s motives.  The hand recount revealed one vote difference — Walton, 5,480 to Butler’s 3,195. Instead of Walton defeating Butler by 2,287 votes, it was 2,286 votes.

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