Hanging Chads?

I'm pretty certain that before a direct appeal for votes was posted in another forum, the banner election was at 34 for Cat on Post, 27 for Incumbent Post and 16 for Flipping Cat. As I said in one of my comments, after I saw the plea and as I was writing the embed and trying to figure out how to halt the election, Cat on Post had gone to 38 and now it's at 40.

The only way I can see how many votes came in while the plea was active would be to buy a $200 membership and that's not really anything that I'd like to do. So, I'm proposing a five vote penalty (though if enough people think that's too harsh, I could also see three). With a five vote penalty toward Cat on Post, it would put their vote at 35 and the other two would remain the same, so Cat on Post would still be ahead by eight.

What does everyone else think? What, if anything, should we do with these hanging chads?

FYI & BTW: I've reinserted the ballot. Voting has resumed.

Thank You for Deleting the Re-Top

Because it was re-topped to Groupthink there doesn't appear anything I can do, but directly calling in voters from other forums is pretty uncool. If they came by our banner election organically it would be fine, but this is like bringing-in South Carolina residents to vote in Maryland.

I've removed the ballot from the original post. In my mind this maneuver was similar to sending that rapper to Alaska, except the rapper just went for a couple of hours and he got loads of publicity out of the deal, while having "Adrian Chen" voters (think, a number followed by chan) determine the banner election in Crosstalk would be a bad precedent and produce ill feelings.

I'm going to keep the ballot out until the re-top is deleted and then I'm going to sit on it for thirty minutes so that it will cycle out of everyone's cache. (Further remedies may also be forthcoming)

Update: This post has been re-topped with additional information.