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.
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. http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.htm
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.
Ernest Hancock - Publisher FreedomsPhoenix
& 1994 & 2006 Libertarian candidate for Arizona Secretary of State