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Voters Send City Council Candidates a Bullet, Vote!

There are 3 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Mar 8, 2013, titled Voters Send City Council Candidates a Bullet, Vote!. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

ANGRY WINNER: La Habra Heights Councilman Brian Bergman received the most votes in Tuesday's election but he's still not happy with some of the machinations that went on.

At least three e-mails were sent out by residents suggesting that since Bergman was a cinch to win, the way to ensure that George Edwards lost the election was to vote for the other three: Chester Jeng, Michael Higgins and Kyle Miller.

As a result, Bergman and Higgins were only 39 votes apart for first and second place.

"There was a lot of manipulation of the votes," Bergman said.

"There was a lot of bullet (the practice of casting ballots for just one candidate) voting going on," he said. "I was the person who suffered the most. I thought everything was in poor taste."

FINAL TURNOUT NUMBERS: Turnout in La Habra was 35 percent, up from two years ago when it was 31 percent. It was 36 percent four years ago.

What is “Bullet Voting”?

From: LaHabraHeights.net

Questions have been raised in the community about voting options. In this election, there are three open seats for City Council. Voters can choose up to three candidates, but are not required to cast all three votes.

“Bullet Vote" if there is one candidate you would like to see elected above others, a vote for only that candidate helps that strategy. By voting for more than one, you may be giving a vote to a candidate who ends up defeating the one you really wanted elected. Similarly, if there are two candidates you definitely want elected, voting for a third could help defeat one or both of the two you really want.

If you have examined all candidates and find three who meet your requirements, you can vote for all three.

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Who Really Got the Bullet

San Leandro, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2013
Are these people stupid? They had three candidates who won. If they had a significant majority they automatically win all three seats. The real one that got shot with the bullet was Chester Jeng. "Supported" by Howard Vipperman and Layne Baroldi, he spent 18k to try for the seat. If the IA really wanted him, he would have won. To urge him to run was not a shot in the arm, but to the foot. Bullet voting existed on both sides.

George Edwards received many bullet votes. The idea of running four candidates against Edwards and splitting votes to have Edwards assured fifth was mindless. It risked that if a significant number of bullet votes were for Edwards, the divided votes could slide him in.

Bergman is crying because he didn't win in a landslide. He isn't the only one who got hosed. But Bergman only spent a couple of thousand and didn't win in a blowout, Jeng spent the highest amount ever, even Vipperman, only to lose. The IA threw him under the bus. He got a root canal.

If he had been told he would get no support by the IA ahead if time, he hopefully wouldn't have blown that much if his own money to run. They also exposed themselves to actually losing the seat to Edwards. The local kingmakers used another pawn, unnecessarily, and without a conscience.
Vote Processing Anomalies

North Hollywood, CA

#2 Mar 9, 2013
Does this matter:

Two of the four members of the election board, who reviewed and remarked absentee ballots, signed the nomination papers of candidate Kyle Miller?

Observers were not allowed to view the remarking of ballots or the counting of votes, contrary to the state election code?

Rather than recount a precinct chosen randomly, the city chose the one with the least votes, making sure the precinct that deviated most from the others, Precinct 1 in-person, would not be scrutinized?

Many absentee ballots were deemed not readable as marked by the voter and were remarked by the election board, yet the same ballots used by the in-person voters did not need to be remarked at all?
Fly On The Wall

San Leandro, CA

#3 Mar 9, 2013
The election results may not have been different, at least of winners and losers had these issues been disclosed. But appearances of conflict of interest should have been avoided. There are not people unconnected to the candidates who can count 214 votes?

When I went into the ballot box I was amazed they used sharpies to fill in ballots. Why not use a crayon? The two ballot measures were on the back and may have been overlooked by some voters. If this is how we run an election then it should be moved where we are on the county ballot. This was run by amateurs.

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