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Due to "printing error", absentee ballots in Michi

Discussion in 'News' started by GamblersGrin, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
    here we go again


    Misprinted ballots raise concerns before being replaced
    October 8, 2004, 7:16 PM

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Nearly 70 voters in Alma who applied for absentee ballots got misprinted ballots that some feared could cause their votes for Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards to go to Republicans George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    On the absentee ballots, voters mark their choice by filling in a space between the head and tail of the arrow. The misprinted ballots had arrows shifted down one position so the arrow pointing to a vote for the Republicans, who were first on the ballot ahead of the Democrats, was missing.

    Some people said that could cause votes for Kerry-Edwards to be miscounted, because the arrows were in the wrong position.

    The error was pointed out by a voter on Tuesday, Department of State spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said Friday.

    As a result, the Alma clerk -- who is nonpartisan -- has issued corrected ballots to all the voters who got the misprinted ballots. A process also has been put in place to ensure that the initial ballot will not be counted, Chesney said.

    Even if the ballot misprint hadn't been caught by a voter, extensive pre-election testing would have discovered the error, she said.

    The situation was being treated on some Web logs as a repeat of the infamous "butterfly" ballot that caused some voters to miscast their votes in the 2000 Florida presidential election.

    But Chesney said the incident was simply a printing error that was corrected as soon as it was discovered.

    Michigan Democratic Party spokesman Jason Moon took the mistake in stride.

    "We were made aware of it. We informed our lawyers. To our knowledge it was a printing error and it has been taken care of," he said.

  2. NikolaTesla/paperclips

    NikolaTesla/paperclips New Jack

    Joined: Oct 9, 2004 Messages: 39 Likes Received: 0
    haha, those tricky ass repbulicans, they'll try anyting..
  3. Issac Brock

    Issac Brock Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 2, 2004 Messages: 3,664 Likes Received: 1
    someone who is organizing voting for them was in jail for computer hacking and shit. they are already cheating. amazing how corrupt our government is.
  4. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2000 Messages: 4,246 Likes Received: 71
    My sister goes to school in Florida, and there was some organization registering people to vote on campus. Apparently they were checking the "Republican" boxes before people would actually get the opportunity to fill out the forms.
    Pretty shady.
  5. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    Here's a copy of the ballot that's being referred to:

  6. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2000 Messages: 4,246 Likes Received: 71
    Haha...that's just ridiculous.
    Obviously NOT an error.
  7. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    I'm more concerned about all the republican owned electronic voting devices that are being used. that just seems like it should be non-partisan owned...but I don't really know how you could regulate that.
  8. ledzep

    ledzep Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 21, 2002 Messages: 146 Likes Received: 1
    The most advancec nation today can't even get a voting ballot done well?
    Obviously not an error.
  9. egbertolio

    egbertolio Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2001 Messages: 323 Likes Received: 0
    I had better get a ballot card that's not shady...That seamed to be printed like that on pupose.