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About 33,000 ballots
"discovered" after being left uncounted initially due to
voting machine "glitch"
we have this report in the Salt
Voters in Utah County had more than a one in five chance that
their ballots did not get counted in the initial, unofficial tally
from Election Day.
A programming glitch in the punch-card counter dropped 33,000
ballots from the totals - all of them straight-party ballots. That
was more than 22 percent of the 145,769 ballots cast in the
"The card readers were fine; it was just the way it was
programmed initially," Utah County elections coordinator
Kristen Swensen said Friday. "It was just off by one
The ballots were recounted Wednesday and the 33,000 missing votes
were distributed to the candidates for whom they were cast.
GOP State House candidate
attempts vote suppression through illegal party-based (anti-Democrat)
challenges of 1496 voters that turn out to be baseless/false
at Dailykos, here's a report
in the Salt Lake Tribune:
23 years, Carol Sheehan and her husband, Frank, have lived in the same
Holladay neighborhood and their politics have remained about as
constant as their address.
"My ballot is so stiff it doesn't bend,"
Carol Sheehan said. "It is very straight Democrat."
But Thursday, her right to place that Democratic
vote was challenged by a Republican candidate for the state House of
Representatives - who also challenged the legal registration of 1,495
other residents in House District 37.
Republican candidate Brice Derek Carsno claims all
of those residents do not live in the precincts they are registered in
and therefore should not have the right to punch a ballot Tuesday.
State and county election officials, however,
disagree and at least one says Carsno's challenge could be criminal.
"There is no validity to his claims," Salt
Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said Saturday. "It looks to me
like what he has done is challenge everyone with another political
affiliation than his own."
Swensen, a Democrat, has spot-checked a couple of
hundred names on the list Carsno provided and found that all live in
House District 37 and all are legally registered.
Almost all are Democrats as well, other than one
voter registered as a member of the Reform Party and one from the
American Party. No name she has checked on the list is an unaffiliated
voter or a Republican.
One of those voters is Barbara Kidrick, who has
lived in Holladay for five years. She voted by absentee ballot last
week, days before Swensen called to verify her address.
"I didn't expect this in Utah," she said,
referring to claims of voter disenfranchisement in swing states in the
close presidential election.
Carsno said a campaign staffer provided him the
list, but he refused to say why his campaign questioned the voter
registration of the 1,496 people.
"I followed the letter of the law, and the law
states that any voter may challenge any other voter," he said.
But state elections director Amy Naccarato says
Carsno misused that statute.
"The law says you need to challenge each person
and give a basis for each individual challenge," said Naccarato,
who works for Republican Lt. Gov. Gayle McKeachnie. "Turning in
hundreds and hundreds of names without any grounds is a little bit
over the top in my opinion. It has the potential to create chaos at
Swensen has never received a mass challenge such as
this and said even individual challenges are rare.
If Swensen had decided that Carsno's claims were
legitimate, all 1,496 voters would have had to fill out a provisional
ballot after showing proof of residence, which is exactly what Carsno
said he expected to happen. The process would slow down the collection
and counting of those votes.
Swensen says Carsno is trying to turn the new
provisional ballot law on its head.
"It is taking a law that is meant to protect
voter integrity and abusing it, trying to intimidate voters from
voting," she said.
State law says voter intimidation can result in a
class B misdemeanor - and voter intimidation in a federal election
could result in a federal crime.
Swensen plans to meet with members of the county
District Attorney's Office on Monday. She has also contacted the U.S.
Department of Justice.