You might remember that we published an editorial on Nov. 12 — four days after the election — in which we announced that the expected “Republican red wave” had petered out nationally but had washed over Frederick County.

Boy, that turned out to be spectacularly wrong, didn’t it?

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1. Allow election officials to certify (not count) mail-in/absentee ballots prior to election day.

2. Count the certified mail-in/absentee ballots first thing on election day or perhaps the night before election day. (I assume this is scanning the ballot through a machine rather than hand counting each one but I don't know.)

3. Have an information blackout until all certified ballots are counted.

Same results but with a lot less drama.


Actually, it would be less drama if people would spend five minutes understanding the system. It is not the system that is dramatic, it is the response of ignorant people that is dramatic.


The good news is the Republican party is continuing to die in Frederick County. 15 years ago registered Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 25% Today Democrats outnumber Republicans by 16%, or an Increase of about 40%. in Frederick City the dodo bird Republican Party is nearly extinct with last election the hapless Republicans could only put up a shotgun waving criminal. And for Alderman could only put up 2 candidates compared to 7 for Democrats, and Republicans gathered just 15% of the vote.


Yeah - all thanks to all the No. Va. and MontCo transients who are predominantly progressive liberals and want more entitlements and bigger government, but yet, want to live in the "country"! Go figure, the country part of the county is quickly going away! I hope you're ready to pay more taxes Ding-a-ling!!


Take it a step further and thank Blaine, Kirby, Billy and Smitty for the demise of the GOP in FC.


Hey Trek, build a wall around the county and get the Democrats to pay for it.


Sounds like you're off your Med's.


Always remember, it was Kelly Alzan, whom was the first person to publicly claim that Ba’Lane Kirbie and Billie were turning frederick county blue. Kelly wrote such in the FNP comments back when those three clowns were commissioners


Is this really DJT?


Yes, she's very needy, hay. Narcissistic Personality Disorder.


Independents. Currently the largest “party.” Look it up. But don’t poll us. We don’t matter.


Bingo. And this kind of mea culpa was somewhat like cold oatmeal. While the election coverage was excellent, that editorial was about 168 degrees from the result.


I’ve no reason to think independents are not polled. Why do you think they are?


No one with sense answers those calls.




The calls that pollsters don't make to independents?


The same reason we don't answer calls for ransom demands. If we don't recognize the number, we don't pick up. Same way we don't answer the door if we don't recognize the person - cuts down on religious zealots selling salvation and other annoyances.


The assertion was that independents aren’t called at all. Is that true? Whether they answer the call is irrelevant.


In the good old days voting was harder for voters. In the new better days more voters can participate and it is easier.


In the "better days" ballot harvesting and cheating with mail in ballots is the norm. It really isn't that hard to go to the polls and vote in person. I've done it for years, so did my parents and grandparents. Now we have early voting in person so even easier. Vote in person and show an ID. That should be the "better days."


Andy S:

You also muffed up by publishing Political LTE’S right up to Election Day.

The former owners of the FNP, would stop publishing LTE’s like a day or two BEFORE the election.

You’re not proof reading your writers articles /


You’re allowing the comments in our community to be a three ring circus.

You’ve pushed some political candidates to NOT want to advertise with you, revenue you missed out on.

You’re don’t pay the carriers squat, so you’re not fulfilling your subscription obligation. Breach of contract.

Horrible management, Andy.

Andrew Schotz

That's a lot of feedback. I'm happy to hear it, though. It would be even better to chat. Send me a note at, and we can set up a time to talk. -Andy Schotz, editor


Well done, FNP editors! There is no shame in acknowledging one’s error. Indeed, the shame is refusing to do so.

your adoring public



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