Arizona LP Write-In Controversy

I don’t feel all that great about the fact that it’s so easy to lose and find votes like this. Obviously elections and voting counting are a 100% exact science, but it would be nice if it wasn’t quite so easy for votes to fall through the cracks.

From Ballot Access News...

Joe Cobb was a write-in candidate in the Libertarian Party primary for US House, in Arizona’s 7th district, on September 12. No names appeared on that primary ballot for that office. Under the law, Cobb needed write-ins equal to one-half of 1% of the number of registered Libertarians in that district, to be nominated. That requirement works out to eleven write-ins. The primary results were released on September 25, and he is credited with only ten write-ins in the entire district (which includes several counties).

However, he, his girlfriend, and a close friend all voted for him in the same precinct in Maricopa County, and Maricopa County says he only got one write-in in the entire county. Cobb is working to persuade the county to re-examine the Libertarian ballots in his precinct.

UPDATE: As the candidate himself commented, the problem has been solved; Maricopa County found two more ballots.

One Response to “Arizona LP Write-In Controversy”

  1. Daniel "Jeffersonian" Ong Says:

    The very first time I was an election judge, there was a write-in candidate on the ballot. We went through all the ballots to segregate those with a write-in vote for special counting at the central vote counting center (these were punched card ballots with a freshly punched hole for a vote, actually quite unambiguous with a literal paper trail, and space to write in another choice, but the card (hole) counting equipment became obsolete and unreliable).

    I was appalled at how all of the judges simply wanted to go home as soon as possible after a very long day and didn’t seem to take the searching for write-in votes very seriously. That kept me motivated to be an election judge for two decades, until I became a candidate and ineligible to be an election judge. We had one very close race where a write-in candidate lost a legislative seat by only four votes, I think (close write-in races like this are generally a result of a well-known candidate somehow failing to make the official ballot).

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