Thursday, October 30, 2008

Update on Early Voting: Start of Marion County Fight Over Integrity of the Vote

The Star reports that Marion County Clerk Beth White has upped her projection on early votes in the county to 110,000. When the election started she was anticipating 60,000, which would have itself been a record. I went to vote today and the line ran all the way from the Clerk's Office past the security screening area.

As I have said before, Republicans are going to be stunned by the Democrat numbers coming out of Marion County. I have predicted that Lake and Marion Counties are going to leave Daniels will have a 110,000 hole to climb out of. I think he'll fairly easily be able to do it with support from other parts of the state. The problem is the rest of the GOP ticket may never get out of that hole.

I also expect there to be a lot of accusations regarding the integrity of the vote in Lake and Marion County. Today, the Star reports that Republican Marion County Chairman Tom John asked the Circuit Court (Republican) Ted Sosin for an order requiring election workers next Tuesday to more closely scrutinize absentee ballots before counting. Indiana Law Blog has a link to the complaint filed by John.

As I've said before, there is a problem with simply scrutinizing signatures, the standard method. My signature in the poll book is from when I was 15 years ago. My signature some 30 years later is much, much different.

6 comments:

Pete Boggs said...

Aren't you placing undue stress on public officials; by expecting them to insure the integrity of the voting process & uphold the Constitution?

Paul K. Ogden said...

You have a point, Pete. I expect this election is going to end with a lot of accusations back and forth about the integrity of the election process.

varangianguard said...

My daughter gets to drive past the Southport early voting site several times a day. She has reported that there is a waiting line (of cars) in the street each and every time.

Not really a very Democratic side of town, so I wonder what that might infer? Closet Democrats "coming out"? Independents leaning Democratic? Republicans voting early too? Just that the parking lot is too darn small? Hmmm.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Varan,

It could also mean people traveling to the southside looking for a voting place that is not crowded and has more parking. It's amazing to me the number of people who freak out about parking downtown. Indy is one of the best big cities for cheap downtown parking, yet the perception is there that it's some sort of problem. Even without the problem of parking, they probably think it will be lest crowded than downtown.

varangianguard said...

No metal detector, for one. I voted downtown for the primary (early), and that was quite an experience. :)

Paul K. Ogden said...

Varan,

I voted early at the City-County Building on Friday. They actually route you next to the metal detector. You don't have to go through it just to vote.