HI - Election officials prepare for possible delays

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Officials say people also should study the ballot and voting procedures to help avoid problems. By Treena Shapiro Star-Bulletin

If everything runs smoothly on Election Day, voters can expect to see final election results by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Office of Elections says.

If not, it's going to be another long night for election officials.

The election office has spent the weeks since the primary election trying to anticipate and prevent problems in the general election, but state chief election officer Dwayne Yoshina assigns some of the responsibility to voters.

"People should study the ballot and be prepared because it's a long ballot," he said. Each voter will be given two ballots printed on both sides, so voters should remember to turn their ballots over to make sure they cast a vote in every contest, he said.

Yoshina said the election staff has reiterated polling procedures to precinct officials to ensure ballot secrecy isn't violated. Several voters complained that precinct workers looked at their ballots during the primary election.

During the primary, Elections Systems & Software, the company that provides the ballot-counting machines, had volunteers help voters tear the stubs off ballots so they wouldn't jam the machines. Yoshina said that led to some precinct workers looking at completed ballots.

"Voters should insist that they put their ballots in; there should be no intervention in that process," he said. Voters who feel their privacy has been violated should report problems to the precinct chairperson, "we hope with courtesy, patience and understanding," he added.

Yoshina said he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the election will go off without a hitch, but he can't control machines. "We're working with machines, and machines are going to fail," he said.

During the primary election, 12 ballot-counting machines malfunctioned, but election workers swapped them quickly, Yoshina said. The same process will be used in the general election.


-- Doris (reaper@pacifier.com), November 04, 2000


Vote this election or we will all suffer! And be a knowledgeble voter.
Vote for your children's and grandchildren's sake, if you don't have kids then vote because it is your right and responsibility to do so - and beacuse so many Men and Women have died so we have the option to do so.
http://www.lwv.org/ League of Women Voters, a good source of non partisan canidate information.
http://www.dnet.org/Another good source that appears to be non biased.
The following is JOKE!

An unsusally high voter turnout is expected for this election. So in order to relieve the long lines Voters that belong to the 'X' party are to vote on Tuesday and Voters belonging to the 'Y' party should vote on Wenesday.
Thank you for your cooperation on reducing the long voting lines.

Do your own party subsitituions for the X & Y. I would not want to be blamed for misleading anyone.
I've received both a versions as email. :(|)

-- (perry@ofuzzy1.com), November 04, 2000.

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