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Uncounted provisional and early ballots leave groups frustrated

People who said they registered for an early ballot but never received one. People confused about the identification needed to vote. People told they weren’t on a precinct’s voting list.... Read more»

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Nov 9, 2012, 12:10 pm
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Uh, no. The big problem was early voters who never received their ballots and people who never even signed up for it being listed as such.

The recorder’s office number was jammed all morning long. 

Nice that she blamed the voters for her failure to make it reasonable for people to cast their rightful ballots.

Nov 9, 2012, 9:09 pm
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F Ann isn’t being truthful. I was at a polling place all day long. The typical number of provisional ballots there is 10-12. This election it was 94! 90% were because the voters name was not on the rolls. Per protocol a call was made to the recorder’s office and they WERE at the correct voting place.

Two facts reveal this scenario as widespread and atypical and not hysterics. The first is the shear number of provisionals ballots, 26,194 according to the article above. There were 335,716 votes cast in Pima County according to the Secretary do State’s office. That means nearly 8% of the votes cast were provisional ballots this election! MANY races were within 5%. F Ann’s botching of this certainly effected outcomes.

The second fact is that last election there are are only 17,192 provisionals cast. That’ a difference of about 9000 votes! The other counties were about the same according to the article but it didn’t say that about Pima, and that’s why.

Almost every office that’s race is exclusively or predominantly within Pima County was decided by less than 9000 votes. Many by FAR less including Sheriff, County Supervisor, State Senate and Legislature, and at least one Congressional Race.

This must be made right. If we lose confidence in the election process then we lose civil peace and the peaceful transfer of power and legitimacy of the authority of the offices. Speak up! Who makes this right?

Nov 9, 2012, 9:15 pm
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And let’s not forget that we had redistricting. That means F Ann sent new voter registration cards out just a short time ago. Address information doesn’t get much recent. If the address was incorrect the card went back to the Recorder’s Office. They were NOT forwarded to a new address per law.

F Ann needs investigated. Her race wasn’t within the margins to be effected by her mishandling so there should be not perception of political motivation in the investigation.

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rotesters outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s early tabulation center Wednesday said they’re angry because of the amount of uncounted ballots. Faith Mendoza (middle) held a sign that read “MY RIGHTS ARE NOT PROVISIONAL.”


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