Tuesday, November 4, 2008

IOWA: Voters report mix-ups and "spoiled" ballots in Iowa

We have an article from the Des Moines Register about voting problems in Iowa, It features Hugh Espey of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), whose organization helped break the story about student voting problems:

Election Day brought voter registration mix-ups in Des Moines, broken ballot scanners in Indianola, “spoiled” ballots in Urbandale and a voting controversy at Grinnell College.

Members of a special precinct board will review a challenge to 50 Grinnell students’ absentee ballots at a hearing Thursday. Leaders of the Poweshiek County Republican Party wanted election officials to toss the votes because the students used the school’s mailing address on the ballots instead of their own campus addresses.

Grinnell College students have their own post office box numbers. The complaint, filed Monday, alleges the school’s mailing address doesn’t match the students’ residential addresses.

County officials said they didn’t know if the flap would impact election results there. But community activists urged election officials not to delay in resolving the matter.

“These students should not be penalized for following the guidelines,” said Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, in a statement.

Read the rest here.

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