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More Reasons I don't Vote in Arizona

Written by Subject: Voting - Election Integrity
Immediate questions that we are not likely to get answers for:
My Wife registered online and on time for the Republican Presidential Preference Primary today (Feb 5th 2008).
We both have not voted since 2002 (we know better) but Donna wanted to see how the process had evolved.
Here is her online receipt and a copy of her voter registration card that she received in the mail.
She did not appear on the voter registration roll and was required to vote a provisional ballot. This is the cover sheet.
Over 30% of the 50+ people that were at the polling station for my wife were required to vote a 'provisional' ballot.
I must leave for the Court Hearing on the AZLP's lawsuit against the Maricopa County Elections Department for being Bad Guys so I only have time for a few points.
You'll see that the Maricopa County Elections has provided a phone number and a web site for tracking your provisional ballot and have 5 days to detrmine if it will be counted or not.
For the many thousands that were told that they had already voted early or had been sent an early ballot that they did not return,... how do they know that their provisional ballot was counted and who watches that part of the election over 5 days? If there are early ballots in their name already received then they will have already had identifying information stripped from the counted ballot and will already have been counted and their provisional will be denied. How many will check to see if their provisional ballot was the one counted?
I have many other questions but this stinks even more than past elections that have turned me into an individual that votes with signs and activism targeted to freeing minds rather than relying on government computers.
I was told by election workers not to worry because the Maricopa County Elections is filled with good people that care,... I already know first hand how inaccurate that statement is, and I am very concerned.
More later...
Ernest Hancock - Publisher FreedomsPhoenix
& 1994 & 2006 Libertarian candidate for Arizona Secretary of State

4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Greg and Kat Affholter
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We are waiting to hear more about this. I know but lots do not so do tell, Ernie

Comment by Jerry Alexander
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None of this matters.
Americas will do nothing at all about it.
The elections will be over and Americans will still be standing around with their thumbs up their ass wondering "What Happened","How did he win?","I can`t believe it".
Please do not forget our Wonderful Youth. They have decided to vote for War over Peace.
Are Youth,obviously,want to NUKE IRAN and Kill more innocent people.
Our youth is willing to vote for an "American Pilot" that,because of the classified information he gave the North Vietnamese,American Pilots DIED,yet our youth still voter for the Traitor.
Please do not expect Americas youth to save the`s just the opposite.Judging from their votes,they want to destroy the country,not save it.

Comment by Dave Bennett
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My precinct, Gold Dust, and two others were all rolled into one at 3030 Mission Ln. The Elections Board issued the poll workers one book of all registered voters from all three precincts, so the line was way out the door all day long.

But at about 5:15 one of the workers comes out and asks for mail in ballot holders and reminds everyone that they need their ID's........Then says something to the effect that if you insist, you'll be able to cast a provisional ballot..."but we'll just throw that away"

When I finally got inside the building the guy that made the "we;ll just throw it away" comment wasn't inside.

The provisional ballot box was stuffed full and the "machine" said 531 ballots had been cast.

The guy in front of me had to cast provisional because they said he was on the mail-in ballot list and the woman behind me had to cast one because the registration list had her maiden name from 5 years ago

In all, I was in line for about and hour and a half and came away with the feeling voting in Baghdad would have went smoother

Comment by Jon Fye
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Yeah this frustrates the hell out of me. I registered to vote when I got my license all the way back in October, The polling place I voted at this morning was literally RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from where I live. I go in to vote and I'm not in the books at all and had to fill out a provisional ballot. Pure B.S. I never signed up for absentee or early voting when I registered why the hell wasn't I in their list? there were 6 of us in a row who had to fill out provisional ballots, and they never gave me any sort of receipt to check back on them but I still reported the problems I encountered to the Paul campaign.