17 Sep

We all heard the rumors of groceries being handed out in some key East Side election districts on Tuesday – vote for Mayor Brown, get free food! checked it out, and we can categorically claim that the claims of groceries-for-votes are all bullshit. It’s just not true. Stop it.

What I am concerned about, however, is the allegations being made by many in Kearns-friendly districts that their names were, for some reason, expunged from the voting records. Newell Nussbaumer’s Facebook update on Tuesday read:

If you have not done so already, please, please go out and vote in the primary! This IS the election!!!!!! Make a difference – if you’re a Republican, then tell your Democratic friends to get to the polling booths. My name was mysteriously missing from my place of polling. So I filled out the necessary paperwork and voted the old fashioned way. Please vote today. PLEASE!

That’s something that needs to be looked into. It’s not the only such story I’ve heard.

UPDATE: I looked into it. Newell’s a registered Republican. That explains why he couldn’t vote in a Democratic primary.

5 Responses to “Irregularities”

  1. Hey Pockyway September 17, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Can anybody explain to me why Carl Paldino continues to receive the attention he gets? I agree with the Brown camp that he is – by far – the most negative individual this region has ever seen. Can anyone think of a single positive thing he has done for this region? I can’t.

  2. Adam K. September 17, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    There are three ways a voter gets cancelled.
    1) They move, and the BOE gets a note from the new Board of Elections in the county/state they moved to.
    2) They die, and the BOE gets a note from the coroner.
    3) Every year, by law, the board of elections sends out a postcard to every registered voter reminding them where to vote. If it bounces back to the BOE from the post office, the voter is cancelled. Every year ten thousand or more post cards come back. A lot of times people move and don’t tell the BOE. These people legally are ineligible to vote at their old address; if you moved from Masten to Ellicott, you can’t vote in Masten, even in a mayoral election, because you’ll be voting for the Masten Councilperson too, and that’s not your councilperson anymore.
    BUT – if the voter is cancelled by the third criteria, they are still legally allowed to vote. So if I lived in North district 16 and move to Delaware district 4, and don’t tell the BOE, and am cancelled in North 16, I can still vote by Affidavit Ballot – “the old fashioned way” – so long as I do the voting in Delaware 4. If you vote in North 16, your vote will not be counted, because you don’t live there. If you vote in Delaware 4, your vote will count AND the BOE will move your registration to the new address automatically AND you’ll be reactivated.
    OR if the voter is cancelled by mistake – which happens – if you vote on an affidavit ballot, as long as you were registered to vote before, your vote will count. People can not be deleted from the BOE voter rolls, just inactivated or cancelled. This allows the BOE to correct mistakes, and each and every Affidavit Ballot is individually researched to verify eligibility – before the envelope is opened to see who you voted for. And if your worried that the BOE is full of people secretly deleting voters, know that your ballot will be reviewed by both a Democrat and a Republican, and who reviews your ballot is effectively random.
    If you took all of the steps to legally be registered to vote, and the BOE took you off the voter rolls for one reason or another, if you did nothing wrong, your vote will count. Don’t worry too much.

  3. Marc Odien September 17, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Paladino was instrumental in getting rid of the Breckenridge and Ogden tolls
    But Dale Volker tried to steal his thunder on that one

  4. Ward September 17, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    My son is still registered in Erie County, five years after moving out of state.
    I’m registered twice at the same address, despite having told the Board several times. Every time I vote the inspector scratches her geriatric head when she sees two entries for me, and asks her partner what to do.
    Good old Erie County. Any deleted voters can come to my district and take my extra registration.

  5. mike hudson September 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    brown won by more than 10,000 votes. this is absurd.

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