Articles tagged with: The Mudflats (blog)
Melissa S. Green of Bent Alaska and Linda Kellen Biegel of The Mudflats were were the guests last week of Alaska Commons for an hour-long on-camera discussion of issues surrounding the botched April 3, 2012 Anchorage municipal election. Alaska Commons posted video from the discussion last Friday; we repost it here, with some additional commentary.
Analysis of official Municipality of Anchorage reports from the botched April 3 municipal election by Jeanne Friedman show vast differences in how ballots were distributed to precincts on Election Day, with some precincts receiving enough ballots for only 16 percent of their registered voters, and others receiving enough for 70 to 101 percent of their registered voters. The figures raise the possibility of intentional disenfranchisement of voters in some precincts.
At 6:30 PM on Friday, July 13, Assembly Chair Ernie Hall and Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones issued a press release about 141 “potentially uncounted ballots” from the April 3 Anchorage municipal election which had been discovered in sealed election bags on the previous Wednesday. As a result, the Anchorage Election Commission will yet again convene and the Anchorage Assembly will for a third time certify the botched election. Linda Kellen Biegel responds.
Barbara Jones, currently the Anchorage Municipal Ombudsman, has been appointed Anchorage Municipal Clerk, and will take up the position on July 1. She will replace Barbara Gruenstein, who submitted a letter of resignation on May 22, on the same day that the Anchorage Assembly recertified the botched April 3 municipal election after the limited 15-precinct hand recount. The 10-voter group which paid for the recount is preparing a report which will reportedly be part of the discussion at an Anchorage Assembly work session on June 15.
Anchorage election: Former election coordinator calls for full handcount; voters file for handcount & audit
Former municipal election coordinator Guadalupe Marroquin calls for a full hand count of every precinct’s ballots from the the April 3 Municipal election; and an application for a hand count of 15 precincts and full audit of the election has been been filed with the Municipal Clerk. The Anchorage Assembly meets today (Thursday, May 3) at 5 PM in the Loussac Library on whether to certify the election.
Anchorage election: Duke confirms she told election workers not to worry about broken security seals on voting machines
Anchorage Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke has confirmed an election worker’s report that she instructed election workers not to worry about broken security seals on the Diebold AccuVote voting machines used in the April 3 Anchorage election, according to a story published this morning on The Brad Blog. Duke’s instruction directly contradicts instructions in the election handbook, and creates additional questions about the integrity of the election process.