Write in candidates. The San Diego experienced.

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 15 2004 - 11:38:16 CST

Hello All:
It is 12 days and counting since the elections here. However, as of yesterday morning, the County Registrar of voters still had 50,000 absentee or provisional votes to count. Perhaps this wouldn't normally matter in most counties but here:
1. A write in candidate appears to be leading in a 3 way 'non-partisan' mayoral race. BTW, the candidates ability to run as a write in is being challenged.
2. We still don't know who has won the District attorney race.
3. An extension of a transportation sales tax requiring a 2/3rds majority appears to be wining by a few 100 votes.
The County Registrar's office claims it has about 100 people working on this for 2 shifts a day and hopes to have the results on Wednesday 11/17/2004 (two weeks after the election). We used optical scan equipment after our disastrous experience with DRE's. When scanned, the machine noted that there was a write in but wasn't able to distinguish who it was. So, every write in ballot has to be sorted out and is being hand examined. This should be a reminder of the need for the EVM to handle write in candidates. I understand the entire State of New Mexico is going through a similar exercise.
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

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San Diego, CA 92126-2510
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