Saturday, November 1, 2008

Uh Oh. Here we go again: Problems with Absentee Ballots.

Updated - Sunday 3:35pm

Steve Pearce's U.S. Senate campaign is upset and is calling for the removal of Michael Jimenez as the Director of Board of Elections in Dona Ana County.

Between 3,000 to 5,000 Dona Ana County voters who were supposed to have gotten their absentee ballots within 24 hours of making the request instead had them mailed to them at the last minute Friday night. Elections officials admitted to not observing state law when it came to getting the absentee ballots out in time. The problem was discovered when the wife of a candidate in Dona Ana County asked why some of their constituents had not gotten their absentee ballots yet, just days before the election.

"This is beyond unacceptable," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "Thousands of New Mexicans will not be able to vote as a result of this action. It should be investigated and those responsible must be held accountable."

"The director of the Bureau of Elections [Dona Ana County] should lose his job and we should install someone who can oversee this election fairly and competently," he added.

"None of it passes the smell test and New Mexicans are tired of it," said Pearce. "If they're not trying to install officials with serious conflicts of interest, they are doing what they can to suppress votes. It's shameful and there should be a broad investigation into these kinds of tactics."

5 comments:

jason said...

Still waiting on my ballot in Phoenix. Even if it shows up on Monday, I'll have to overnight it to vote.

I honestly think the Dems think they can get away with anything at this point.

Either corruption or incompetence. Take your pick.

ched macquigg said...

The technology exists to enable clean elections. I believe that decisions are made, oddly, by both parties, not to fix the situation.

You have to wonder; why?

Jason said...

If you are having trouble voting by absentee ballot, have still not received your ballot or have been told conflicting information by the Doña Ana County Clerk's office, please let me know. The county bureau of elections is possibly providing false information - including telling voters that their ballot will be counted as long as it is postmarked by Nov. 4, regardless of when they receive it - which could lead to voter disenfranchisement. If this has happened to you, please send an e-mail describing your experience to jasonkwatkins (at) gmail.com . Responses could be forwarded to the office of the Secretary of State as part of a formal complaint.

jason said...

I'd be interested in hearing which party has blocked which legislation regarding clean elections.

I know the Dems don't want voter identification. That has been made clear.

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