Voters Send City Council Candidates a Bullet, Vote!
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#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.
#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?
#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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