Can Olivia Cortes Still Get Russell Pearce Elected Now That She's No Longer "Running" For His Seat?

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Olivia Cortes: sham candidate extraordinaire.
There's good news and bad news following sham state Senate candidate Olivia Cortes' announcement that she's withdrawing from the LD18 Russell Pearce recall race.

For starters she's no longer a candidate (not that she was ever an actual candidate). The bad news: she hung in there long enough to keep her name on the ballot because the ballots have already been printed.

See our story on the matter here.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, notices will be posted at the polls and on the SOS' website advising the public that she no longer is a candidate for office. Votes for her will still count, though.

LD18's a fairly small district, though -- and the turnout for a recall election is expected to be relatively small.

In other words, let's say 150 people who don't know any better -- or don't pay attention to the SOS's attempt to alert voters that she's no longer a candidate -- vote for Cortes in an attempt to vote against Pearce, and Pearce wins by a margin smaller than 150 votes; assuming a vote for Cortes is a vote against Pearce, Cortes' sham candidacy would have done what it was intended to do: push Pearce back into office in one of the sleaziest acts of voter manipulation we've ever seen.

In a perfect world, LD18 voters would be informed enough to know that Cortes is nothing more than a fraud put in place by Pearce to detract voters from casting their ballots for his opponent, Jerry Lewis. But this isn't a perfect world.

We want to know what you think: can Cortes still effect the election even though she's no longer a "candidate?"

Cast your vote below.

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16 comments
Tuchico
Tuchico

This lady sucks, Donde estan los zetas cuando los necesitan?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The logical solution is simple. The SOS should provide blank labels for the elections people to stick over the Cortes name on each ballot since she has formally withdrawn. Any ballots not yet mailed should be blanked out, as well. If someone wants to vote for her as a 'write in' candidate they still would have the right.

Guest23
Guest23

This is a simple and economical solution.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Sheriff Joe could send over the Chain Gang to clean up the ballots, so it wouldn't cost much.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

That wouldn't get him him any press. Bad idea... (according to MCSO)

Rick
Rick

What if Cortes were to get more votes that either Pearce or Lewis?  Why I prefer that not happen, I think it would be ironic that Pearce is beaten by his "sham" candidate.

Guest
Guest

This lady sound like the cleaning lady on family guys.  I am Mexican, so please do not think I am being racist.  Just an observation. 

Glyph
Glyph

Well, I'm glad she at least dropped out. The idea that someone as clueless and uninformed as Cortes could accidentally win that election (simply because she was on teh ballot) scares the hell out of me.

Guest23
Guest23

I am wondering if pearce wins by a margin that matches or is less than than any votes that are mistakenly made for cortes... can Lewis or someone else still seek a lawsuit against pearce or the state regarding the cortes situation and pearces family members and supporters involvement. Since it would be quite obvious that in such a situation that cortes being on the ballot lead to them most likely not voting for Lewis and therefore stealing the election from Lewis due to leaving cortes on the ballot? This would definitely make the cortes situation a definite act of election fraud proven all the more by cortes dropping out.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

I think both sides agreed that was the outcome of the 1959 Arizona Supreme Court case where they put a ringer named Brooks on the ballot to defeat a real politician named Brooks.  If you wait till the guy who did it gets elected, then you can sue to try to remove him.  Tom Ryan still has his list of witnesses, but by next month they will have had the opportunity to destroy the evidence and get their stories straight (in 1958, the evildoers met in the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson to do that).

What kind of direct mail campaign are both candidates running?  And if either of them tries to inform voters of what happened to Cortes, can that backfire?

Guest23
Guest23

Hopefully someone posts a scan of such brochures online. When is the recall election taking place? I seem to recall Nov. 18th but I am not completely sure.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Nov 8th, in conjunction with the regular election so there isn't additional cost involved.

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