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Archive for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voter problems reported to U.S. Attorney’s Office

November 6, 2012

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The Kansas U.S. Attorney's Office was monitoring cases of election fraud, disenfranchisement, or other problems seen at the polls across Kansas today. A spokesman from the office said there weren't any major, widespread issues, but here's the reports they received (also, if you have any complaints, call them at 785-295-2850 while the polls are open).

A caller complained that a voting machine was malfunctioning and switching votes.

• The caller also complained that someone in line was advising other people on how they should vote

• Our office helped the caller contact the county election commissioner’s office to report the problems.

• Our office also notified the Secretary of State’s office of the call.

Another caller complained that a person at a polling place was writing down the names of voters as they came through.The caller was concerned and asked what the person was doing. The person told the caller they were “making a list.”

• Our office contacted county election officials, who said they would send someone to the polling place to find out what was happening.

Another call was from an individual who objected to the interpretation of the word “produce” in the new state voter ID law. The caller didn’t want to have to take his ID out of the plastic covering and give it to the poll worker.

• Our office helped the caller contact the Secretary of State to report his objection.

Another caller said someone left a note in an early voting booth advocating for a particular candidate in a county attorney’s race.

• Our office helped the caller contact the Secretary of State to report the problem.

A caller complained about being “harassed” by a poll worker to remove the Obama pin on the voter’s jacket. The voter was new to Kansas and unfamiliar with the state’s electioneering laws.

• Our office notified the Secretary of State’s office of the complaint.

A caller complained that he wanted to sit at a table to read the long constitutional question on the ballot, but election workers refused to allow him to do so. He said he has back problems.

• Our office notified the Secretary of State of the complaint.

A caller from a town in Sedgwick County that buys water from Wichita called to complain that she was not being allowed to vote on the fluoridation issue.

• Our office notified the Secretary of State of the complaint.

A voter complained that he was turned away at the polls because of a prior felony conviction.

• We helped him to contact the county election commissioner’s office.

• Our office also notified the Secretary of State of the complaint.

A caller complained that after sending a voter confirmation card to her local election commissioner’s office, the office told her she had verified that she did not want to vote.

• Our office notified the Secretary of State of the complaint

Comments

08Champs 2 years, 1 month ago

Had a co-worker today said he was not on the voter list, despite living at the same address for more than 10 years, and voting at the same location during time. He had to cast a provisional ballot.

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