Mar 8, 2013
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Full story: Whittier Daily News
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.