The Tribune’s Aug. 1 headline reported Ms. (Carolyn) Cosby would be on the November ballot for chairman of Cherokee County Commission. This is a very big deal. Ms. Cosby had to collect thousands of signatures over a little more than one month.
Then, she had to wait for the Election Supervisor to “expeditiously” verify the signatures over the last three weeks. This is the first time I know of anyone who ever accomplished this feat in Cherokee County. Congratulations Ms. Cosby. What a simple phrase, yet one that never passed the lips of the Election Supervisor, the Election Board or the County’s Attorney.
Instead, the article is filled with negative comments, threats and downright lies. What did Ms. Cosby do to deserve this? She challenged the sitting chairman. She and the citizens who signed her petition exercised their right to have her placed on the ballot. How dare they? How dare she question why it would be expeditious for the Election Supervisor to complete one candidates count by the 22nd yet give no time for completion of her petition.
Ms. Stancil “hoped” to complete Ms. Cosby’s petition by Aug. 1, but said it could take up to the 15th, the last possible day to be placed on the ballot. Never mind that this time frame would violate Ms. Cosby’s rights by making it impossible to complete the appeal process in time to be placed on the ballot.
We have all been told of the hardship on the elections office in completing these counts. This is their job for which they are paid. The law allowed the office to hire additional help if needed.
How employees are intimidated by asking the supervisor when a count would be completed is beyond me. The claim that employees worked on the petition until 8:30 the night before is also false, as concerned citizens had been to the election office the day before to view the process and were told the count was complete.
The announcement, which should have been a joyous occasion, was handled poorly. The Election Board convened and immediately went into executive session to discuss litigation. Really?
This executive session was merely practice on how to spin an accomplishment into as negative an announcement as possible. Taxpayers once again footed the bill for a Cherokee County contract attorney to preside where he was not needed. Ms. (Cindy) Costello, Mr. (Randy) Gravley, Ms. Stancil; you work for all of us and we also will not be intimidated.