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Claim: Poll worker 'slammed door in my face,' failed to post final voting results

Posted: May 21, 2014 - 5:04pm

A complaint may be in the works regarding Tuesday’s election.

Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Rhonda Wood, who ran unopposed for the state Supreme Court, wrote an email to Faulkner County Election Commission members describing “a very negative incident” early Tuesday night in which an unidentified male poll worker at Conway’s Don Owen Sports Complex polling site “refused to post the results as required by A.C.A. [§] 7-5-527” after the polls closed.

This section of Arkansas law reads, in pertinent part, that after polls close poll workers must “expose the count” in the presence of anyone “who is authorized to be present.” Poll workers must make three copies of the return record (i.e. the election results), one of which “shall be posted upon the wall of the polling room for all to see.” 

According to Wood’s email to the commissioners, after she “made the gentleman [poll worker] aware of the law” this man “slammed the door in my face and told me that he could do whatever he wanted, refused to give me his name (I did get his vehicle license), and refused to wait for me to call a commissioner.” 

“There was more to it and it was witnessed by several others,” Wood also wrote. She claims this is the third time a similar failure to post results at county polling sites.

“Since this seems to continue to occur in Faulkner County, I have decided the best way to resolve it is to file a formal complaint,” her email concludes.

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Grace123
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Grace123 05/22/14 - 08:47 am
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Poll Workers

In Faulkner County continue to ignore the laws that govern the election process. In spite of training offered, many old time workers "we've always done it this way" attitude still prevails.
With Margaret Darter as our next County Clerk we can expect these practices to change.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/22/14 - 11:58 am
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Thank God we have voter ID

Thank God we have voter ID protection.

'Karma can be a b***h, especially if you're a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas. Especially if you support Voter ID laws that suppress mostly Democratic votes. Especially if those same Voter ID laws end up humiliating you because you failed to present an ID just as you're about to vote for yourself for governor.

Karma bit pro-Voter ID candidate Asa Hutchinson in the ass when he arrived at the polls and was turned away.'

http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2014/05/21/karma-gop-gubernatorial-nomin...

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 05/22/14 - 01:16 pm
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What does this have to do

What does this have to do with this story?

Fact of the matter is, the law worked in Asa Hutchinson's case. He had no ID so he couldn't vote until it was brought to him. He didn't cry about it like a "poor, picked on, I'm suppressed, and disenfranchised" liberal. He just said, "Dam, I can't vote." Or something to the effect. i believe he called it a slight inconvenience, but it was his fault.

357
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357 05/22/14 - 01:14 pm
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I don't see what you're

I don't see what you're whining about, sounds to me like it worked. Guy shows up to vote without ID to prove he is who he says he is (even if he is a high profile candidate) and was turned away until he could indeed prove it. I'm good with that.

Secondly, nobody is trying to prevent Democrats from voting, they're just trying to prevent them from voting twice in the same election.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/22/14 - 01:25 pm
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Could

not agree more 357 and Mike.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/22/14 - 02:46 pm
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Well of course y'all don't

Well of course y'all don't see a problem...

"The suppressive effects of these bills are well-documented: 11 percent of Americans—approximately 23 million citizens of voting age—lack proper photo ID and, as a result, could be turned away from the polls on Election Day. Those without photo ID are disproportionately low-income, disabled, minority, young, and older voters. Numerous non-partisan organizations have debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, the purported basis for these laws.

The Voting Rights Institute has studied the impact of photo ID laws using the actual costs incurred in Indiana and Georgia—the two states that have implemented photo ID laws—and considered the cost estimates from 17 states where photo ID laws were introduced this year.

In 2011, Republicans have advanced photo ID legislation in at least 35 states. The report concluded that if these 35 states enact a photo ID law, they collectively will spend at least $276 million, and possibly as much as $828 million, in the first four years alone. At a time when states are experiencing huge budget shortfalls, it would be an enormous waste to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to disenfranchise voters."

Y'all an Idaho are the tea party mecca...and the tea party got shut out Tuesday night. The party's over...back to licking your wounds.

[Candidates at Republican primary debate for Idaho governor's race reveal bizarre views]
...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/republican-primary-candidates-i...

357
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357 05/22/14 - 09:06 pm
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We really have 23 million

We really have 23 million people who can't figure out how to get a photo ID? And we want these people to vote?

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 05/23/14 - 11:02 am
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yes

I want them to vote at least once each.

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543
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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 05/22/14 - 09:40 pm
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Well... If you've ever met

Well...
If you've ever met her, she can come across like a real *******. The attitude you use behind the bench isn't the same one you should use in your regular interactions. She probably insulted the guy with her snarky demeaning attitude, and he responded in kind. Pissing people off is not a good way to have them do what you want.

klsparrow
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klsparrow 05/23/14 - 09:21 am
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Pool worker slams door

This is something that should never happen even a ordinary voter and is wrong. It does not matter how the poll worker was asked. Some seem to suggest that she asked in the wrong tone of voice. I looked at the law and could find where it said if you ask a poll worker in certain way they can refuse to give you the information required by law. Try using that defense in justifying not giving a regular voter are judge the information required by law. It is really dumb to do this to an Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge and then tell her he will do what ever he wants.

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