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Ysursa To Tackle Absentee Rules

Item: Ysursa to tackle absentee ballot rules: Hoffman, Spencer fought ballot opening before Election Day/Jay Patrick, Idaho Reporter

More Info: This time around, Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, took note and petitioned the Idaho Supreme Court on Nov. 1 to put a halt to ballot opening and to have justices declare that the action violated state statute 34-1008 governing the handling of absentee ballots. The code reads, in part,  “The ballot envelope shall not be opened until the ballots are counted.” Chief Justice Daniel T. Eismann dismissed Hoffman’s complaint, saying the court handled appeals of lower court rulings and could not consider it. Larry Spencer, a designated GOP poll watcher in Bonner County, also tried to stop the pre-election day opening with a petition to the district court there — the complaint was dismissed.

Question: Should the law be change to unequivocably allow early opening of absentee ballots?

Quotable Quote — Debbie Wilkey

“It’s my intention that the legacy of the current coroner doesn’t end with him. I’ll use everything I have to make sure you get the best cause of death” — Kootenai County Coroner-elect Debbie Wilkey in Coeur d’Alene Press. Full story here.

Question: Which “best cause of death” would you want on your certificate?

DOTC: No Ballots Were Counted Early

Dan of the County: To be clear, no ballots are counted early, period. It took two solid days of 8-10 people working to open just the absentee ballots that KC received this time. As it was, every available election worker worked until after 5 a.m. the next morning. I can’t imagine how long it would have been if they hadn’t already at least opened the absentee ballots even with the write-in issue. It sounds like a good compromise would be to still allow watchers but who are located in a separate room with a video feed of the overall process but not in enough detail to see marks on the ballot or at least make them be well back from the process if you can’t trust them not to violate the process of ballot secrecy. More below.

Question: Any other questions re: Election Night for Dan?

 

Hucks Poll: Congress Split Predicted

  • Tuesday’s Poll: 54 of 93 respondents (58%) correctly said that congressional control would split between the parties after Election Day, with Democrats continuing to control the Senate, while Republicans would take back the House. 28 of 93 (30.1%) said the R’s would take both houses. 7 of 93 (7.53%) said the D’s would hold control of both houses, while 4 of 93 (4.3%) said the D’s would keep the House and lose the Senate to the R’s.
  • Today’s Question: Are you happy with the results of the 2010 Election?

DFO: I’ve asked Blogmeister Ryan to reinstitute the Hucks Online poll in the left rail. In the past, the coding has caused problems with some of your computers. Let me know ASAP if it does so again.

AM: GOP Tightens Hold On Idaho

Idaho Education Superintendent Tom Luna, left, and his wife Cindy, right, celebrate his victory at the Republican Party Election Headquarters held at a hotel in Boise Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

Tea Partiers Paul, Rubio Score Wins

The Tea Party scored major victories in an election dominated by U.S. economic woes. Republican Marco Rubio is projected to win the Florida Senate race by a wide margin and GOP candidate Rand Paul will win the Kentucky Senate race, according to ABC News exit-poll projections. One of the most high-profile races of the day, however, appears to be less favorable for the Tea Party. GOP Delaware candidate Christine O’ Donnell, who received the most news coverage of the 2010 candidates, will lose to Democrat Chris Coons, ABC News projections show/Huma Kahn, ABC World News. More here.

Question: How do you think the Tea Party will do tonight?

AARP Survey: 50+ Crowd Voting Mad

The only weather forecast that may matter this Election Day is the dark cloud hanging over the most powerful vote in Idaho, voters age 50 and older, as they head to the polls.  According to a new election survey conducted by AARP Idaho over the last 24 hours and released this morning, while 95% of its members say they’ll vote, they also say the candidates aren’t talking about the issues that matter to them. Most identify themselves as Independent voters with moderate political views who aren’t happy about where Idaho and the Country are heading/PR Newswire. More here.

Question: Does it bug you that we old farts may control the outcome of the Idaho elections?

November Traditions

This month turkeys
are selected;
some get stuffed and
some elected.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Gookin Supports D’s In Top Races

My OpenCDA blog buddy Dan Gookin is in trouble, if loyalty oaths and supporting party candidates 100% are important next time he tries to run as a Republican. In making predictions and observations re: select races, Gookin correctly surmises about Phil Hart: “While Hart may have an IQ of 160, politically his IQ is half that.” And then goes on to say in a post that he’s voting for three Democrats for statewide office — Eldon Wallace (lieutenant governor), Bruce Robinett (controller), and Mack Sermon (secretary of state). However, he’s standing by Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna. Not only does Gookin admire Luna, but he thinks Democrat Stan Olson is a “piece of work” and “a dick” (just repeating what he wrote). All in all, it’s a colorful read and gives insight into the inner workings of someone that Duane Rasmussen tried to out during the last City Council election as an individual who wasn’t truly a Republican. Seems Duane was right. Full post here.

Question: What do you make of Gookin’s predictions and observations?

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