“The Double Bubble” could become “the hanging chad” of 2008, at least in Los Angeles, where many independent voter’s ballots may be cast for a candidate other than who they intended it for.
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he hopes that whoever counts the ballots will “take a real hard look at it and make sure the intent of the voter is counted.” (see the whole interview at Why Tuesday?) But according to Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign, a poll watchdog group, the situation may be more dire.”
Even if the county agrees to a 5 percent manual recount and discovers widespread problems, Jacobs said some bubbles on the ballot are used for two different candidates, which would make it impossible for officials to determine which candidate someone voted for if they didn’t fill in the top bubble.
“Bubble 11 is for Hilary Clinton,” Jacobs said. “Bubble 13 is for Barack Obama. If someone is voting American Independent, bubble 9 is for one of their candidates, but it’s also for John Edwards. So it’s a true mess. And regrettably, people are going to be disenfranchised.” [Troy Anderson, Daily News]
After the jump, a sampling of other voting problems reported in the L.A. blogosphere:
- At LAist, Malingering witnessed first hand some handicapped “voter suppression”, as the location was not wheelchair accessible.
- B.la reader Ben writes in that at St. Jerome’s Parish Hall (at La Tijera and the 405) that at 10:30am the Inkadot ballot equipment had yet to show up: “we had to fill in the bubbles by hand by matching the numbers to the numbers on a sample ballot.” (this adds to other L.A. polling places that opened late or lacked equipment, among them the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Westside Jewish Community Center).
- Even though Metroblogging’s Jason Burns confirmed ahead that he was registered to vote at his local polling station, when he arrived they couldn’t find his name on the rolls and was required to cast a provisional ballot.
- I was confused about my own ballot, tried taking a picture of it, was told it was “illegal” to take a pic of my own ballot, and when I asked for help in clarifying the directions the voting station director and other poll workers refused to assist me.
- Andy Sternberg (also of LAist) writes at his own site of the “double bubble” problem, making him wonder, like me, if his vote will be counted accurately.
- Also a possible victim of “double bubble” trouble: Read.Dance.Bliss. “Do I feel at all confident that I did things correctly and that the pollworkers did things correctly? Faaaaaaaar from it.”
How was your voting experience?