Subsequent review of those same documents and corroborating statements from all concerned have positively identified the one eligible voter who was correctly issued a ballot but whose name did not receive the second check mark to correctly indicate that he had been issued a ballot, Zaccaria asserted.
This decision hinged on a one-vote margin. Zaccaria reminded everyone. So when faced with a one-vote discrepancy there was a concern about validating the tally.
Thursday nights RI GOP State Convention was Continued, not Adjourned. That distinction in the party rules permits it to be re-convened to take further action. Today the Outgoing Chair acknowledged that a certification of the exact match between the voters authorized and the ballots received permits him to reverse his decision and declare Mark Smiley, of Warren, the winner of last Thursday's vote.
Both candidates for State Chair had strong support and either would have done a fine job. Zaccaria said. I now look forward to working closely with Dr. Dan Harrop, the other candidate in last weeks race, under Chairman Smileys leadership.
The meeting which was continued last week will be resumed on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, at Shriners Hall, in Cranston, at 7:00pm. At that time these findings will be formally reported to the membership of the State Central Committee of the RI GOP. Chairman Smiley will take the gavel to conclude that meeting and to begin his official tenure.