Re: write-ins by anarchists

From: Jerry Depew <depew_at_ncn_dot_net>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 09:52:55 CST

(I have renamed this thread--was " draft of text for new OVC-sponsored
bill")

Here's a true story (that I heard via the grapevine) that argues against
restricting write-ins.

Years ago in Ithaca,NY a school board candidate organized an upset via
write-in votes. His supporters counted on a small turnout. They waited
until late on election day to begin appearing at the polls. They swarmed
in late and they were numerous enuf that the candidate won the school
board seat. This could not happen if there were an "approved" list of
allowed write-in candidates.

Sometimes creativity is needed when the goal is to throw the bums out.
Voting laws should not restrict voters' choices just so that pollworkers
(or voting machines) can more easily count the votes.

On Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:07:27 -0600, Jim Tobias <tobias@inclusive.com>
wrote:

> I'd be careful about trying to eliminate all possible "anarchist"-type
> ballots. Any attempt to restrict voters from expressing themselves as
> they see fit,
> if they are willing to have their own ballots nullified, will be viewed
> by
> some as oppressive, whether that's a justified opinion or not.

>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Alan Dechert [mailto:dechert@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 3:38 PM

>> Under current state law
>> (true in CA and many other states), only qualified write-ins
>> can receive votes. However, the system allows the voter to
>> write in anything. We could make it so that when the voter
>> selects the write-in entryfield, a list of qualified write-in
>> candidates appears. If there is no qualified write-in (this
>> is often the
>> case) there would be no write-in entryfield. State law would
>> need some adjustments, but nothing major. Right now, the
>> list of qualified write-ins becomes avalable 14 days before
>> Election Day. So, we would need to make it so the beginning
>> of early voting coincides with the release of the qualified
>> write-ins ... maybe the day or so after so qualified
>> write-ins can be included in the ballot definition files.
>>
>> Alan D.
>>
>>
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