In the Democratic Primary of 2004 the vote between Tom Umberg and Claudia Alvarez was separated by 365 votes when everything was counted.Ã‚Â I knew then that every vote had counted.Ã‚Â With all precincts reporting, probably with the exclusion of the paper ballots cast, 13 votes separate Lou Correa and Lynn DaucherÃ‚Â in the 34th Senate contest.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m now sure that every vote counts.Ã‚Â
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also sure that there is something suspicious when the majority of the lines, and equipment problems showed up in heavy Democratic or Latino precincts in the 34th Senate contest this time.
I do not know yet exactly how many precincts in the 34th had the problems I witnessed last night, but I know that the people who left because of the 2 Ã‚Â½ hour wait in line I watched creep along could very well have been deciding votes in this election.
After the 14,000 letters sent to Latino registered voters attempting to intimidate their votes and the 12 bounty hunters charged with voter registration fraud, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not far from seriously considering that the failure of the Registrar of Voters to have enough voting machines and/or paper ballots at polling locations in Garden Grove and Santa Ana was a calculated act.Ã‚Â
Whether it was a calculated action on the part of our chief elections official or evidence of utter and complete incompetence, Neal Kelley needs to be fired.
No one should be asked to wait 2 Ã‚Â½ hours to vote. Ã‚Â No one should be required to try and vote 4 times over the course of the day.Ã‚Â No election volunteer should be placed in the untenable position of being powerless to help.Ã‚Â
It was Neal Kelley’s job to ensure the ability to vote without impediment to ALL VOTERS.Ã‚Â For two statewide elections in a row, Neal Kelley failed to do his job.Ã‚Â
What does it take for the County CEO or the Board of Supervisors to do their job?
Why is it that we can conduct an election in war torn Iraq better than we can in Garden Grove or Santa Ana?