Sunday, November 18, 2007
Ind. Law - How well does the provisional ballot work in real life?
The Kokomo Tribune column "Public Eye" by Scott Smith and Ken de la Bastide, has this item, of interest particularly in light of some of the close mayoral races . . . and the Voter ID provisional ballot "solution." The item is titled "Sorry, your vote didn’t count."
And a special note to IU students - all "photo IDs" apparently are not the same.
Officials at the Howard County Clerk’s Office confirmed this week that two provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 6 election were declared invalid because they weren’t initialed by poll clerks, as required by law.
It seems each provisional must be initialed by a poll worker to be counted. Of the 11 provisional ballots cast, six voters had not bothered to come to the clerk’s office to show the necessary ID as of the noon Friday deadline. Howard County Clerk Mona Myers said five of those voters were actually registered to vote.
Of the remaining provisional ballots, three counted and two were rejected because of the clerk’s error. Despite the fact the two uncounted ballots are thought to be valid, the lack of initials means the chain of custody couldn’t be verified, Myers said.
One of the ballots was a straight ticket Democrat vote, and the other was a straight ticket Republican vote.
Interestingly, one of the provisional voters was not allowed to cast a regular ballot, despite the fact they showed an Indiana University picture ID to poll workers. Myers said the IU student should have been allowed to cast a regular ballot, but poll workers made a mistake.
Myers also apologized for the mistake which led to two voters becoming disenfranchised.
“It is a big deal,” Myers said. “I tell [poll workers] that it is a big deal. But [working at a poll] is something people do twice a year, and they forget things.”