Thursday, December 16, 2004
More people voted for Donna Frye to be Mayor of San Diego than Dick Murphy. Yet Murphy was recently declared the winner and sworn into office. Why?
Frye ran as a write in candidate. California state law says that in addition to writing in a candidate's name, a voter must fill in the little bubble on an optical scan ballot next to the name that they have written in. Some people didn't know this, so they just wrote in Frye's name. According to yesterday's San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times, when you include all the write in votes, Frye won by at least 2746 votes.
Frye is still figuring out if she'll try to fight this in court. But, it may well be that the law is the law and technically Murphy "won."
But honor and respect for the will of the voters dictates that Murphy step down and that the city council declare Frye the winner. Today's politicians have forgotten that public service is supposed to be just that, a service. They have become so powerhunger that they see government as an end in itself, something that THEY want for THEMSELVES, rather than something that people do in order to serve their fellow citizens. If your fellow citizens don't want you to serve, the solution is simple. Step down.