[E-voting] Arnie hits e-voting snag (fwd)

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Nov 9 09:44:45 GMT 2005

The governor, however, was allowed to use a regular ballot.

McCormack said she apologized to the governor's staff and would 
investigate what happened. She said nobody actually voted for 
Schwarzenegger in Pasadena, and the governor's votes today will be counted.



[on BBV]
The governor, however, was allowed to use a regular ballot./*

Wouldn't that be illegal? If you or I found ourselves in the same 

I did like the sound of this line, "She said nobody actually voted for 
Schwarzenegger in Pasadena,....." LOL!

PAV ;-)
Yes, it is against the law:
More on this story,


*Governor Among Voters To Encounter Problems At Polls*

POSTED: 5:14 pm PST November 8, 2005
UPDATED: 5:20 pm PST November 8, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was surprised at his polling 
station Tuesday morning with the news that he had already voted in 
California's special election.

Even though he had not.

When Schwarzenegger arrived at his polling place in Brentwood, he was 
told he would have to submit a provisional ballot. But a quick call to 
the Los Angeles County Registar-Recorder Office confirmed that he had 
not voted previously, and he was allowed to vote by normal ballot, said 
Kristin Heffron, chief deputy for the office.

The problem originated Oct. 25, when officials at early voting sites 
across the county were asked to enter sample names into voting computers 
to make sure they were connected to the main election office in Norwalk.

The testers were given several names to enter into the computers, 
including the names of administrators in the office, said Heffron, one 
of the officials whose names were used.

Schwarzenegger was not one of the sample names, but someone at a 
Pasadena location entered it anyway, perhaps in an attempt at whimsy, 
Heffron said. The testers were supposed to cancel the transactions once 
the tests were complete, but whoever entered Schwarzenegger's name did 
not, making it appear initially that he had voted.

"I can't answer why they used Schwarzenegger's name," Heffron said.

The governor's office referred calls to the governor's lawyer, Thomas 
Hiltachk, who did not immediately return a call for comment.

Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, 
said the incident was troubling.

The group opposes paperless electronic voter machines because they don't 
leave a paper trail, making situations like Schwarzenegger's difficult 
to resolve. The incident could also discourage other voters, she said.

"If there's uncertainty about whether the governor's ballot is going to 
be counted, it may lead other voters to wonder if their own ballots will 
be counted," she said.

Alexander also questioned whether another voter would have received the 
attention Schwarzenegger did, including a call from a poll worker to the 
main election office.

Heffron said other voters in the same situation would have received the 
same treatment, but that no poll workers had called about other voters 
in a similar situation.

The governor's problem was one of several concerns about voting in Los 
Angeles County.

Los Angeles officials expected a high number of provisional ballots to 
be cast because many voters received absentee ballots but then tried to 
vote in person, Heffron said.

She said voters who received absentee ballots were required to cast 
provisional ballots -- which must be confirmed -- to ensure that they 
didn't vote twice.

Many voters who cast ballots at early voting stations had to do so with 
provisional ballots because they had also received absentee ballots, 
Heffron said.

Also, about 50 percent of voters were supposed to vote in a different 
polling place than they did last year because of consolidated locations, 
Heffron said.

Statewide, things seemed to be going more smoothly.

Secretary of state spokeswoman Nghia Nguyen said the office had received 
a low number of calls from people trying to locate their polling places. 
A power outage at one site in Sacramento County did not cause any delay 
because there was a backup power source, she said.


So in addition to the snigger value, there's a very serious side to 
this--correct procedures are routinely ignored and laws are broken.


Justin Mason wrote:

>Hash: SHA1
>forwarded for the snigger value  --j.
>  Oops! Looks like a snag with one of California's electronic voting
>  machines almost cost Arnie his chance to be counted.  Good thing there
>  was a paper provisional ballot there to rectify the situation.
>  Schwarzenegger Hits Snag at Polling Place (LA Times; Reg. required):
>      Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to his Brentwood neighborhood
>      polling station today to cast his ballot in the special election ¿
>      and was told he had already voted.
>      Elections officials said a Los Angeles County poll worker had
>      entered Schwarzenegger's name into an electronic voting touch screen
>      station in Pasadena on Oct. 25. The worker, who was not identified,
>      was testing the voting machine in preparation for early voting that
>      began the next day.
>      Somehow, Schwarzenegger's name was then placed on a list of people
>      who had already voted, said Conny B. McCormack, the Los Angeles
>      County registrar.
>      Schwarzenegger's aides were informed of the problem when they
>      arrived this morning to survey the governor's polling station. The
>      poll worker told the governor's staff he would have to use a
>      "provisional" ballot that allows elections workers to verify if two
>      votes were made by the same person. McCormack said the poll worker
>      did the correct thing.
>  Reports are already coming in that others who have requested paper
>  ballots in this election are being told they must use the electronic
>  machines. Guess it helps to have your staff survey the polling station
>  first, eh?
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