Re: Flash, San Diego mayor gets elected on undervote

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 20:11:52 CST

It would seem to me that rejecting the ballots because of perceived undervotes because the "I am a write-in" square isn't checked shouldn't be necessary. It should be clear that the voter's intent would be obvious by the fact that there was a name written in.

Perhaps, this is another good reason why all ballot counting should be done in public with the news media allowed. Anybody who would count such a ballot as not having a voter's intent to write-in for this person should not be allowed to remain anonymous. I believe the people would not stand for this if they knew of it and the only reason why they don't know of it is because the vote counting is frequently done behind closed doors or in semi-public places.

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-------------- Original message from "Ed Kennedy" <ekennedyx@yahoo.com>: -------------- 
Hello All:
    Here's another optical ballot problem.  While the write in candidate received 5501 more votes than the regular candidate, she lost because bubbles indicated that there was a write in vote were not filled in by these voters.  While the actual law that allowed this ridiculous outcome (remember, "...the law is an ass") may be rewritten in the coming legislative session it would have been nice if undervoted ballots were kicked back out to the voters at least at the polling places for them to correct this problem.  Obviously, there would be the problem of people who actually didn't want to vote but perhaps an over ride button or a special scan card might work.  This may cause various local and state agencies to request smarter optical scan machines.  
Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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