October 20, 2006
Mail Ballot Horror Show(XXII): Misprinted ballots

The Skagit County Auditor screwed-up and omitted from every ballot the legally required language explaining each statewide initiative. (The trail of correspondence from Josef Kunzler who discovered the error to the Secretary of State's office and the Skagit Auditor is here). Now they have to scramble to notify voters through the media and make arrangements for voters to obtain and vote replacement ballots.

Naturally, it's possible for misprinted ballots to be delivered to polling places. But the necessity of mailing ballots 3 weeks before an election means less time for election officials to double check their work and correct any errors. And then there's the cost and hassle of notifying voters, distributing replacement ballots and the uncertainty that not every voter is equally informed.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 20, 2006 03:34 PM | Email This
1. Young Josef is a sharp lad. I am not surprised that he found this. He is a very intense person, and like I, expects the gub'mint to do what it is supposed to.

Too bad the Auditor didn't just jump on it and fix it right away. Counties, including mine, Snohomish, just don't get that the public expects better.

Thanks, Stefan and Josef, for exposing the slackers.

The Geezer

Posted by: The Geezer on October 20, 2006 05:30 PM
2. This seems incredible. The document that was provided really appears to be a CYA document, as it describes in detail how eloquently they resolved the issue.

Maybe the county will see that citizens have the interest of their government in mind when they make public disclosure reqests, etc. If he had not saved thier bacon on this one, there would be a lot more issues involved.

I agree with you Mr. The Geezer, Snohomish County is a pimple on the State of Washington's hind end. The have the opinion they are the County, and they make the decisions. They don't understand their authority is limited to what our Constitution and RCW's allows them, and the rest is hands off and accountable to the people.

One day that pimple will pop, and it won't be pretty. It's festered long enough......time for some acne cream up there.

Posted by: Joel Johnston on October 20, 2006 06:16 PM
3. Ballot problems, equipment problems, scandals, and more. This is what happens when you let the government run anything.

Posted by: Politics on October 20, 2006 06:44 PM
4. I'm surprised Stefan pointed this out, given that the Skagit County Auditor is a Republican who�s up for re-election. Nice to see him take some time out from his routine of whoring for the Republicans to try to feign some credibility. Maybe he's just bitter that his cronies in Skagit County won't be able to intimidate Latino voters at their mailboxes like the do at the polls.

Posted by: RP on October 20, 2006 08:16 PM
5. RP #4 You are the only one who is surprised, ( or at least is acting surprised )that Stefan pointed this out. You call Stefan a whore, and Stefan just keeps on doing what Stefan does best.

Posted by: Moondoggie on October 20, 2006 10:26 PM
6. right at 3--anyonw getting fired over this as in private sector? how many "oops's" do they get before getting it right with my tax resources?

this again after previous voting problems. like it's all new to them? no extra effort to check anything? what a farce. what a shame. third world class. "any bank would envy."

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on October 21, 2006 02:51 AM
7. Funny thing is.. I happen to Print the ballots. In no way was the printing co I work for altering the information or anything. We receive a PDF file and that is Ripped directly to the digital press. I want to make that very clear so the "printer" doesn't wind up getting the blame.

Our complany does work for a number of counties, and Skagit is about the most organized one of the lot.

The secerty of state also aproves all ballots before they are sent off for printing, so we can ask what happened to them even taking the time to look at the ballots. I think more than Skagit Co auditor is to blame for this probme.

Posted by: LukeLewisCo on October 21, 2006 11:40 AM
8. Well, Luke Lewis explains why all the emails were of the CYA variety. I thought Handy was just being courteous and gentle with one of his own.

Mistakes can happen, but I have worked in a couple of jobs managing contracts (like the MCS ones at M$, worldwide) where there could be no mistakes, save for very, very costly ones.

The Geezer

Posted by: The Geezer on October 22, 2006 07:40 PM
9. The auditor was too busy campaigning. The deputy auditor was in charge.

Posted by: diddy on October 24, 2006 10:41 AM
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