his site. As of Saturday, October 11, the WFP & Green Party candidate had 912 voters pledged to support him.
The day before the deadline, Cummings announced, "We are up over 90% after a marathon day of #DigitalDoorKnocking and likely have enough supporters waiting in the queue to be verified to take us over the top, but there is still an hour to participate and be sure we make it!"
On the 912 votes, Cummings told the Troy Polloi, "these are unofficial results. There are some duplicates in the system that need to be cleaned, but also a large amount of data from a recent canvass that hasn't been accounted for yet, so we are busy crunching numbers, and will make an official announcement, with next steps either way, on our Facebook Page Monday morning."
Some are suspicious. The site's Anash-O-Meter was stuck on 912 pledged votes for 48 hours and then, after number crunching etc, Barbarossa met his goal. People are right to be suspicious. This isn't Honduras, where votes seem to just turn up. It's Troy, where votes are manufactured. That Doesn't mean Cummings has tweaked the math. It's a problem of controls.
Cummings can run if he wants. He could run without the pledge requirements. He chose the 1,000 vote pledge requirement. That benchmark was self-imposed. The problem was that he did not set forth how these pledges would be calculated. How long they could remain in the queue, uncounted. Did the site meter rise automatically when someone filled out the on-line form. He did not mention, on the site, that paper ballots would be accepted. He did not explain how, if possible, he would weed out those who might take his pledge but only wanted him in the race as spoiler. In short, he did not set up the rules.
Cummings should release the pledges. He can redact enough information to protect identities but reveal enough information to establish authenticity. He should release the pledges that were not counted, those from people not registered or who may not be eligible to vote in Troy. In short, allow an audit. That would, we believe, satisfy skeptics.
Cummings has also stated that he will reevaluate on October 27 and determine if he has enough support at that time to move forward. Frankly, that's naïve. Once the machinery is in motion, once you're that close to election day, things take on a life of their own.
We are not bashing Cummings. We endorsed Cummings in the primary and may do so again. As we said, some are skeptical and we understand why. However, we can't help wonder if Cummings is playing it safe. Hoping that the pledges come through and he's not embarrassed on election day. Or, is this a brilliant PR ploy? Some way to keep a third party candidate in the news. Cummings should run or withdraw. Make a decision and move forward. That's what leaders do. This game of electoral blue balls wears thin.