Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cook County, Illinois Election Official: "Stick With Us"

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It's nearly 3:30 am, and you know things aren't going well when election officials are onTV in the middle of the night saying that actually the election went quite well, but Sequoia has some questions to answer. It's being reported that some of those precincts that haven't been counted are from New Trier Township, and so some are likely from Wilmette.

It looks as if Todd Stroger has gone home, but Tony Peraica is still up and asking questions. "This is an absolute outrage. After spending 60 million dollars of the taxpayer's money we end up hand counting the election? " Since no-nonsense Peraica staffer Dan Proft (who always does his numbers and knows what they mean) is still awake and asking questions, you can be sure that this one isn't over yet.

If they are calling the race, national news outlets are mostly reporting a Kirk victory, but as far as I know, neither Kirk nor Seals has made any statements.

Pam Zeckman is now reporting that the major problem is that when it was time for the election results to be transmitted, the machines didn't work. Peraica appears to have evidence of a questionable chain-of-custody of the ballots, and was earlier denied the ability to poll watch at the Board of Elections.

Ah, elections Cook County style; it's what we do for fun.

Update: 3:43 am and Tony Peraica says that the results from 1,000 precincts are still outstanding. 3:57 The reporters are saying something like 157 precincts.

Update: 4:22 am Okay, time for bed, but if you're still up looking for info, you might like the two following articles on "hacking the vote"--ie stealing the election results through technology on the type of machines you likely voted on. Quick read here. Lots of info here.


Blogger Lisa said...

This election is a freaking joke. When I went to bed at 12:30, according to channel 2, my area was only 58% reported. Nice to know that my vote doesn't count.

Nov 8, 2006, 3:16:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping buy.
I think your vote ended up being counted--eventually. Slow doens't mean not counted, but it was sure frustrating. Sixty million bucks and this is what we get in voting equipment? I wish Peraica had won.

Nov 8, 2006, 8:29:00 PM  

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