RTA Boss: Recount the Ballots

After the latest round of headlines regarding the 2006 RTA election, Gary Hayes, executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority, is offering to pay for the cost of recounting the ballots from the 2006 RTA election.

In a letter today to County Administrator Chuck Huckelbery, Hayes writes that even though voters passed the propositions on the RTA ballot, “allegation and rumor, some based on alleged bar conversations, have sought to discredit that evidence of resounding support.”

Hayes calls for a recount to put to rest the allegations of fraud and offers to pay for it through the RTA budget. County officials say they support a recount, but state law prohibits it without a judge’s order.

“We do, however, request that when the RTA and the county’s voting integrity is reasserted, that both entities be reimbursed by their critics,” Hayes writes.

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One Response

  1. Three questions for Gary Hayes:

    (1) Under what legal authority would the RTA pay for the recount? Nice that you’re willing to be so generous with taxpayer money, but the reality is that it would be unlawful. Hayes just proves he is either incompetent or is just engaged in a PR stunt.

    (2) Hayes says, “We do, however, request that when the RTA and the county’s voting integrity is reasserted, that both entities be reimbursed by their critics.” Why should the critics reimburse you for this? It was the inept Pima County Department of Elections that failed to follow proper procedures – so either Brad Nelson or Chuck Huckleberry should reimburse you.

    (3) What if the recount demonstrates the election was flipped? Will you refund the salary you have been paid for the past two years? Will you refund taxpayers the tax money that has been collected?

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