13 November 2004

Others raised red flag over Gaston turnout

Commissioners want to know why oversight went unnoticed for days --A state elections official e-mailed Gaston Elections Director Sandra Page on Friday to question the county's election results, four days before Page announced that she had discovered the results were wrong. It was one of at least four inquiries Page received before her Tuesday announcement that 12,000 early votes were accidentally [sic] omitted from the results.


2 N.C. candidates request recount

Feds to check out flaws in Mecklenburg, other N.C. counties --With all except a few thousand votes across North Carolina counted Wednesday, two Council of State candidates asked for a recount and one of the races was still close enough that it could force a new statewide election. Meanwhile, federal authorities intend to look into election troubles in Mecklenburg and coastal Carteret County to determine whether any activity warrants a criminal investigation, the Observer learned Wednesday.


'Patriot' Vote Machines in S.C. Malfunction Lancaster County counts by hand after malfunction

1,600 absentee ballots could affect some races (Thu., Nov. 04, 2004) Huddled in the basement of the Lancaster County Administration Building, election officials late Wednesday were manually tallying results of about 1,600 absentee ballots. A malfunction with Patriot [LOL!] voting machines stopped the computerized tally late Tuesday night about a third of the way through, and elections officials said they were unable to restart the procedure.


And so the sorting and discarding of Kerry votes begins

by Bob Fitrakis

"Are the provisional ballots in Ohio being thrown out? A new rule for counting provisional ballots in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was implemented on Tuesday, November 9 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, according to election observer Victoria Lovegren. The new ruling in Cuyahoga County mandates that provisional ballots in yellow packets must be 'Rejected' if there is no 'date of birth' on the packet. The Free Press obtained copies of the original 'Provisional Verification Procedure' from Cuyahoga County which stated 'Date of birth is not mandatory and should not reject a provisional ballot.' The original procedure required the voter’s name, address and a signature that matched the signature in the county’s database."


Kerry attorneys investigating Ohio vote count

Lawyers for the John Kerry campaign are on what they call a fact-finding mission in Ohio, where the Democratic candidate 'lost' by 136,000 votes. The lawyers don't plan to challenge the election results but they want to make sure all of the estimated 155,000 provisional ballots cast Nov. 2 are counted, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.


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