To Arizona Voters...
a story from inside the process
February 8, 2008
On February 4, 2008, I Jeneen Zucker was asked if I was
willing to work at The Polling place; located at Christ The Lord Lutheran
Church. Physical address, 9205 East Cave Creek Rd. Scottsdale, AZ. This polling place covered all of Care
Free/Cave Creek area.
What you will read below is what I witness to during the
long hours of working my polling place on February 4 and 5, 2008
On February 4, 2008 I helped set things up according to the
directions given to me by the other workers.
When we left we were all told to be back in the morning at 5:30 am.
When I arrived people where already lined up at the
door. To my surprise I found out the
other board members, Barbara Owings and Sharron Hayes and Frank Villers came
much earlier. We were all sworn in and the polls were opened at 6:00 am. The room started to fill up quickly. The two woman Barbara Owings and Sharron
Hayes were in charge of giving voter clearance with their three books,
Signature Roster, Blue Poll List and Green Precinct Register. I had the Ballots Register. I was never given 1 of the three copies of
the Yellow Add on list, to help me assist the voters on this list with their
party ballots. This set up the situation
of workers announcing party preference of voters in line who were on the yellow
add on list, which made voters unhappy.
I quickly became aware of multiple chronic problems that a
large number of voters were experiencing.
Therefore a large percentage of them were forced to vote Provisionary
Ballots. People in Care Free only have mail delivered to the Post Office not a
physical address. This is also true for
many people living in Cave Creek.
These are the reasons they were given.
You are not in our books.
Our books show a physical address, your ID is a
Our books show a PO Box; your ID shows a
Our books show you were sent an Early Ballot.
Our books show you requested an Early Ballot.
Our books show you got an Early Ballot.
Many people were very
unhappy, even angry their voting location were changed and they where never
notified. There were numerous people who
drove to several voting location trying to vote. There was one lady who drove to five
different locations trying to vote. Several
people came in with election board mailings, showing they were at the correct
polling location and they were either sent elsewhere or told they had to vote
The statements from the voters, where the same, throughout
the whole day. Their conversations with
each other, of discontent, frustration and mistrust of the electoral system
were loud and clear
I have voted every election for the last** many
Last election the books dropped my wife’s name
now I am dropped!
I was forced to vote provisionary ballet last
election so I filled out the form you folks gave me to fix it and it is still
You can see by my new voters ID card I should be
in your book! (many of dates were within
the time allotment stated in the Training Manual)
I have lived at this address for ** years and
never had a problem voting before; it’s your books that are the problem!
I never requested an early ballot I have always
voted in person!
No, I did not request an early ballot!
Yes I did request an early ballot but it never
I keep filling out your forms and the
information never gets changed and I always told to fill out a provisional
Yes, I did request an early ballot, when I did
not receive it, I requested another one; they said one would be sent to me, and
it never arrived.
My wife’s came in the mail but mine did not, so
I want to vote.
There were a number of voters that had voter ID cards issued
with in 60 days.
I witnessed multiple family members dropped off the list. And told to fill out a Provisional Ballots.
voters initiate verbal frustration to me, of being forced to vote a
Provisional Ballot. I heard over and over again “I want my vote counted
tonight with the others” I continued to tell them to call the election
people would ask will my vote be counted tonight with the others?
were told repeatedly YES, by Tim Murphy, I would tell them it would take a couple
brought in their early Ballot wanting to have it counted with the other
walk in voters and were told NO! It had to be placed in the Early Ballot
box. Why could it not have been considered a (Spoiled Ballot) and allow
the voter to sign the book and be reissued a new Ballot? (The person did not believe her ballot would
who admit they had not declared a party (reregistered Republican or Democrat) were lead to believe, they
could still vote a Provisional Ballot and their vote would be
counted. This is not true. Here in Arizona you must be registered as a
republican or democrat 29 days before the primary to vote.
The Provisionary Ballots are not
counted at the same time; There is a lot of work involved in verifying whether
or not a Provisional Ballot can be counted.
In the Training Manual it states on
page (3) under, Board Worker Courtesy: Our
primary mission of the Board is to assist voters so that they can vote
properly. This requires you to provide good customer service, even under
sometimes difficult situations. I
believe we should tell the voters the truth even in difficult situations. We need to allow the voters to make informed
decisions based on the truth not coercion and lies.
Ms. Owings and Ms. Hayes became
upset with me for informing the angry voters that I understood their
frustrations and where to go with their complaints. They soon quit giving me the required number beside
each voter’s name. This made it more
difficult for me to assist the voters they approved with a party ballot swiftly
in the appropriate manor.
Several times during this day I
stated to Ms. Hayes and Ms. Owings as soon as it lets up I need to vote. The problem was it never slowed down enough
to even use the bathroom or get a glass of water or eat a bite of food.
And there were not enough workers to give me
or anyone else a break. When I asked
Frank Villers if he could heat up some coffee for me I was reprimanded by Ms.
Hayes that I could not have coffee at the table even though I placed it behind
me away from any voting supplies.
When Frank villers told us he was
going out to the end of the line to announce the polls will be closing at
7:00pm and nobody else could get in line.
I waited till the last approved voter had received their ballot the
remaining people were told to vote a provisional ballot. I grabbed my Voter ID and my photo ID (driver’s
license) both of which matched the Signature Roster. I got up and went to the front of the table
and placed both on the table. The two women told me I could not vote the polls
were closed. The signature book was then
closed. I sat and worked from 5:30 am till the last approved voter received their
ballot. I never even received a five
minute break and these two women, Barbara Owings and Sharron Hayes believe they
hold this kind of power. Well of course
they do, they have been exerting this kind of power over the voters all
day. I became angry and demanded the
right to vote, they repeatedly told me NO.
There were still people completing their Provisional Ballots in the
room. I demanded again the right to
vote. The woman again refused to open the book and allow me to sign the
Signature Roster. The woman stated
because I had not voted by 7:00 pm I
could not vote. I told them I was virtually
in line all day waiting for a break so I could vote. The woman then turned the decision over to
the person in charge. Jason Nevins stood
there quietly just watching. It was
Frank Villars that quietly walked towards me stating I think we should let her
vote. Still Ms. Hays and Ms. Owings refused
to open the books. By now Frank Villars
was standing at my side, he again stated I thing we should let you vote. Ms. Owings and Ms. Hayes where still refusing
to open the Signature Book and let me sign in.
I repeatedly and loudly demanded my right to vote I could hardly believe
what was happening to me but at the same time I had witness the frustration of
hundreds of people throughout the whole day.
It was Frank Villers who step in to completed this duty.
I then went over to the Optical scan
equipment to write down the number of walk in voters that were allowed to
vote. The number was 751. I then counted the number of names of people
who had to vote Provisional Ballots, the number was 540. This means: 751
walk in allowed to vote.
+ 540 told to vote Provisional
1291 total number of votes not
including Early Ballots.
540 of 1291 = 41% were told they
had to vote Provisional Ballots.
This is a huge
percentage. “ Something is wrong!”
But it does not end
I quickly wrote down all the seal numbers on the Provisional
Ballot box and the Early Ballot box, I noticed the numbers on the Early Ballot
Box did not match I saw Frank Villers with his hand under the lid of the Early
Ballot box. I stated these zip ties Seal
need to be tightened. Nobody should be able to get their hand or
anything else in these boxes. Frank quickly tightened all of them. At that point Jason Nevins stated “if you
need to break seals I have more in my pocket.”
So the supply of seals is plenty?
Having extra in his pocket means the equipment and sealed containers can
be compromised! I then asked, if
signatures were needed on the paper tapes that was inside the Optical Scanner? I
was told no they already on the tape from this morning, I saw none. I asked what goes in the pink bubble sip lock
baggie. I was told the memory counter. I asked, how are we supposed to seal
this zip lock baggie? I was told
by Jason Nevins it is SEALED with a zip lock. I told Mr. Nevins the definition
of a SEAL is something that must be broken to be opened. I then
ask Mr. Nevins if he every saw the HBO Documentary, Hacking Democracy? Mr.
Nevins stated “I could have written the book”.
I told Mr. Nevins, if this is so, he should
understand my concerns. I then told Mr. Nevins the memory counter needs to be
placed in something that can be SEALED.
Mr. Nevins then stated what is your problem lady? This isn’t a certified election anyways.
We don’t count 45% of the vote anyway,
(could this be the 540 Provisional Ballots?)
He was getting ready to take the memory counter and drive off alone. I
told Mr. Nevins I wanted to go with him he told me NO! I stated I would follow him. He left very quickly and would not wait to
allow me to follow him. Frank Villers quickly
drew me a map to the church and I was out the door. I could not keep up with Mr. Nevins unless I
was to go over the speed limit. When I
arrived at the Church, it is on the East side Scottsdale Rd. just north of
Dynamite. I pulled into the parking lot.
I stopped close to a group of people
standing by a white van. I was going to
ask them if I was at the right place.
Then I saw Mr. Nevins charging me and screaming at me in a very hostel voice
“did you read the manual?” “Did you read
the manual?” He screamed this at me at
least three times. I replied “I read it
and I was here to observe.”
For what ever reason the voting poll that I worked at was
the one that held up everything. What I
mean is it took until almost 12:00 midnight to deliver the paper ballots, the provisional ballots, early ballots and what
every other, documentation was to be delivered.
Why did it take so long? And were
the Seal numbers the same as when I left or were they changed? Is there documentation kept when a seal must
be changed and by who? Or were the
woman busy writing a report on me because I had to demand my right to vote
I see many problems in this whole system that allows for
appears to be set up to deliberately make it difficult for the
American people to exercise there right to vote?
did the Signature Roster fail so many voters?
where there so many voters marked they requested early ballots when they
claimed they did not.
was there so many voters sent mailings of the location of their polling
place but they were not in our book
are we allowing Early Ballots to be manipulated and treated in the same manor
as Provisional Ballots?
were we trained to manipulate the voters and control the crowds with long
lines in the cold. We should have
had three signature books, alphabetically divided into thirds, so that we
can truly provide good customer services, and move these people through
the voting process in a considerate orderly fashion.
was there 540 out of 1291 votes forced to vote Provisional, that is 41%
not counted within 24 hours of closing the polls?
were the voters lied to, they were told repeatedly their Provisional
Ballot would be counted that night with the others.
were our maps of such poor quality? People were unable to locate where they lived in order to
locate their polling place? (The
map was lacking streets and basic landmarks)
were there no printed pads with the Election Hot Line Number printed up to
pass out to voters? Or better yet
COMPLAINT FORMS at each polling place.
voters told they could not turn in their early ballot (it could become a spoiled
Ballot) and get a new one to become a walk in voter? Why does the memory counter leave the
building with only one person, the Trouble Shooter (Mr. Nevins) in a zip
lock baggie with NO SEAL?Why does the Trouble Shooter have a
pocket full of extra seals that can be used whenever needed?How can Mr. Nevins be of the
understanding this is not a certified election when he has been given the
job of TROUBLE SHOOTER? (The one
with a pocket full of extra seals and keys and the controller of the
memory counter. The one with
enormous power and control) Why would the TROUBLE SHOOTER (Mr.
Nevins) state we don’t count 45% of the Ballots?
gave Barbara Owings and Sharron Hayes the right to disallow me from voting? When all of my identification
matched the signature Roster and I was in the building before the polls
closed and I stated repeatedly as soon as things let up I needed to vote. And there were people still people
filling out their Provisional Ballots?
I want to know what the percent of Provisional Ballots at
each and every voting poll in the State of Arizona?
It is because of all these issues, I was witness to, I want
to file a formal complaint against: Jason Nevins, Barbara Owings and Sharron
Hayes and Frank Villers. Due to their abuse of power, their treatment of voters
and for not upholding the oath we all took before the polls opened. After what
I witnessed I believe the Arizona Primary Election has been compromised.
I believe after being witness to more then 14 hours of
controlled mass confusion at my Polling Place on February 5, 2008, I am
convinced there is corruption within our electoral system. There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind, it does not matter who
votes, what matters is, who counts the votes!
I sincerely pray that those of you who read this letter,
will act with do diligence and peruse justice and truth for all Americans.