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Orzell Wants Rejects To Fix Vote Info

Recall organizer Frank Orzell, pictured, isn’t done after all. Relax: He’s just asking the newspaper to perform a public service. Orzell compiled a list from Kootenai County Elections Department data of nearly 370 people who signed recall petitions against four city incumbents, but whose signatures were thrown out because of various registration issues. The list doesn’t include any signers who were rejected because they were not qualified Coeur d’Alene voters, which was a requirement of the recall petition drive. It essentially identifies voters whose registration information on the petition form isn’t consistent with the information on the voter information system (ISVRS) maintained by the Secretary of State. “They show up on the reject list,” Orzell said. “That’s it”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: And you thought Orzell's 15 minutes of local fame were over?

Clerk Reveals Registration Volunteers

re: MikeK queries county clerk about voter registration “volunteers”/Hucks Online

In an email to Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy that Huckleberries Online received moments ago,  Deputy County Clerk Pat Raffee revealed the names of volunteers who culled voter registration rolls looking for unqualified voters: “Hello again Councilman.  The volunteers were Collin Coles, Jodi Hissong, Chris Pappas and DeDe Tondee.  You may know these people; all but one are former appointed public servants.  Their unpaid work at County Elections was for a few hours on June 2.  Their process included examining addresses for voters registered on what are notable commercial streets, such as Ironwood Drive, Sherman Avenue, Government Way, Seltice Way, 4th Street, Mullan Drive, Aqua Drive, Railroad Avenue, Highway 41, etc.   The volunteers examined some County Assessor records to verify a residence through a homeowners’ exemption at that address, or County GIS Mapping information to determine via photographs that a residence was on site. Full email here. (Photos: Mike Kennedy, left, and County Clerk Cliff Hayes)

Question: Any problems with volunteers?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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