Thursday, September 12, 2013

2013 NYC Primary Problems


New York City’s 311 complaint line had received several thousand voting-related calls by early afternoon, according to officials.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and almost immediately faced problems. In some sites, the broken machines forced voters to use pen and paper to cast their ballot. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota wrote his own name on a paper ballot when his machine broke at his Brooklyn polling place. Democrat Anthony Weiner also encountered a problem when poll workers were unable to locate his signature in their records. The issue was soon resolved after he called the Board of Election.

On Monday 09/16/2013, betweem 85,000 and 90,000 paper, absentee, and military ballots will start to be hand counted. With possible run-off elections on 10/1/2013, will the paper ballot count be finished and all possible court cases resolved?

Democrat Randy Credico, the New York City comic, activist and official comedian of Fred Dicker’s Talk-1300 radio show, received 1,001 votes in a single Election District in the Bronx. That is a staggering number and it’s likely inaccurate, given the enrollment statistics of that district. Cedico received the abnormally high vote tally in a small corner of the Bronx near the Bronx River Parkway, ED 80-079. In that one Bronx district, the comedian tallied 90.8 percent of the vote, with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio receiving a mere 36 votes. Digging into the numbers a bit, the Board of Elections shows the total number of enrolled Democrats is 726 total. The odds that so many more voters would actually register and then all cast their votes for Credico would be quite a feet of voter registration and GOTV.

Democrat Neil Vincent Grimaldi in Manhattan ED 72-051, where the little-known candidate netted 1,000 votes. The state BOE shows only 717 registered Democrats in that district.

This could all be an amazing, targeted GOTV effort on the behalf of Credico and Grimaldi.

From the Manual on how to close and count a lever voting machine:

1. A Democrat and Republican must monitor each machine close. The key you got from the police officer in the envelope at the beginning of the day must be inserted into a little hidden panel on the front of the machine. Then you flip the red knob from “POLLS OPEN” to “POLLS CLOSED” and the candidates’ total votes pop up under each of their names. Then add up the votes.

2. Vote totals from the machines are added up in columns on a “return of canvass” form. Then the ballots created by disabled voters using the Ballot Marking Device are recorded. Then the inspector reads the ballots aloud and an inspector from the opposite political party writes the number of votes each candidate got on the Tally Sheet. The Tally Sheet numbers are transferred to the “return of canvass.” Then poll inspectors add up the candidates’ votes, from all the different machines and types of ballots.

3. All the forms and the keys and the scissors and the envelopes go into yet another envelope called the “return envelope.” This gets handed to a police officer.

By using the lever voting machines, there is no paper trail. On Friday 09/13/2013, over 5,000 lever machines will be open and the counters will be recanvassed, the recorded count from the primary is compared to the lever machine counts.

Do you see a problem with this system of counting the votes?

UPDATE
On Monday September 16 2013, Democrat Bill Thompson, after coming in second in the Mayor's race, dropped out even though the paper ballot count was not completed. If de Blasio's final vote count ends up below 40 percent, the mayoral primary run-off will also be on the run-off ballot with th public advocate race, because Thompson missed the Friday deadline to have it removed.










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Michael H. Drucker
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