Friday, 20 April 2012 21:33

Voting Machines Didn't Work During Anchorage Anti-Discrimination Ballot

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The vote which did not allow the adoption of the anti-discrimination law in Anchorage, Alaska is from now on under investigation, some votes were not counted because some voting machines didn't work.

Certain people wanted to understand, as reports Alaska Dispatch, how a mayoral election in which 27 percent of the registered voters showed up could have resulted in widespread ballot shortages, and others tried to understand why sentiment on a controversial ballot measure flip-flopped less than a week before the vote.

"To the extent that anyone's rights may not have been appropriately recognized, ACLU takes that seriously," Jeff Mittman ACLU of Alaska executive director and a public supporter of Prop. 5. He added that attorneys are awaiting further information from the municipality before taking any action.

One week later, ACLU indicated that voting machines didn't work and voters went home.

According to the newspaper, Jeff Mittman drafted a letter to the Anchorage Assembly with notarized affidavits from voters testifying on specific instances of disenfranchisement.

In the letter, Mittman cited at least 140 instances (and growing) of Anchorage citizens contacting the ACLU to report being denied the right to vote. He also contested Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler's theory that "rush hour" votes could be proportionately allocated based on how others had voted earlier in the day.

In this kind of case, there is only one thing to do: to organize a new vote!

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