Super Tuesday Problems At The Polls

What election day wouldn’t be complete with out political chaos and mayhem? Well we’re off to a good start here in Los Angeles. Nevermind that The Drudge Report” is claiming that The board of elections failed to deliver voting equipment to polling places all over LA, even worse is this bit from Crooks and Liars noting that if you are a registered independent in CA there’s a solid chance you vote won’t be counted if you don’t mark one single bubble.

The Democratic and American Independent party ballots given to independent voters who request them include an extra bubble specifying that the ballot is for that party’s primary. The bubble appears before the list of presidential candidates.

If voters fail to mark that spot, the county’s scanning machines will not read the selection for president.

Lawyers for the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign said that violates California election law. The group sent a letter to Los Angeles County officials threatening legal action if the issue isn’t addressed before Tuesday’s election.

Of course it wasn’t addressed, so yeah, have fun with that one kids. Thanks to Tim for the heads up. Me? I’m writing in Al Swearengen for Pres.

9 Replies to “Super Tuesday Problems At The Polls”

  1. I wouldn’t call it stellar information design, but I didn’t find it particularly challenging to understand. Here’s the page in question (the Democratic version):

    http://blogging.la/archives/images/2008/02/ballot.pdf

    Don’t forget, the only people that are getting these are Decline to State voters that specifically request a Democratic or American Independent ballot. Since they wouldn’t have received that version of the sample ballot in the mail and this is the first time they’re seeing it, they’re probably reading this page pretty closely.

  2. So if I’m a registered Dem, and I ask for a Dem ballot, but don’t mark the bubble, my votes doesn’t count? I thought that freakin’ thing was for indies to use in the vote – NOT SOMEONE WHO IS REGISTERED WITH A PREFERENCE AND HAS THEIR PREFERED TICKET IN FRONT OF THEM

  3. everyone should be allowed to vote. isnt that what we fought and died for?? so f-ing country! lets go across the ocean to make sure others can vote even if WE cant! good job government! BOO! SHAME!

  4. everyone should be allowed to vote. isnt that what we fought and died for?? some f-ing country! lets go across the ocean to make sure others can vote even if WE cant! good job government! BOO! SHAME!

  5. I believe the bubble part is only mandatory for people who are NOT registered Democrats.

    It is. In case you haven’t clicked through to the PDF, Hilary, here’s what it says at the top:

    VOTERS REGISTERED WITH DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    SKIP TO PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE’S CONTEST BELOW

    TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES, NONPARTISAN VOTERS
    MUST FIRST SELECT PARTY IN THE BOX BELOW.

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