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Julie Dent, NYC Board of Elections president, talks about what voters can expect on Tuesday.
I agree with Patti and several others here who have commented on the interview with Julie Dent--she certainly did not promote confidence in the Board of Elections with her obfuscating inarticulation, her lack of comprehension, and her robo-responses. If this is who that body sends on a radio show as a public representative . . .
I'm amazed that Brian didn't lose his temper with her, for I certainly would have--I was yelling at my car radio after several minutes.
11/02/10I tried to write-in my vote for Proposal 1. I was told that because it can't be scanned it won't be counted and the ballot would be voided. The election workers voided my ballot and gave me an affidavit ballot. I wrote-in my vote, but I think the ballot will not be counted because I did not qualifiy under the three conditions for an affidavit ballot. The ghost of Kafka was at my polling place.
I'm a moderate democrat (honestly) and I am thoroughly convinced that the city can get by without Ms. Dent. Listening to her praise failure and then correct Brian by explaining where she sits in the org chart reminded me of Soviet bureaucracies. I firmly believe that government has a role to play AND the need to staff it with competent people: so where is my party? Who stands for competence?
Wait a minute? Burson-Marsteller, the world's largest PR firm, has a $6 million contract with BOE (on taxpayer money) and this is who they present us with? Yikes!
That said, I'm a poll worker, and it'll go fine in my assigned districts tomorrow because we have a great team. We don't need to rely on these party hacks.
richard, thanks for the referral to the sample of the voting page, they should have mentioned in the 2 segments. still seems like a scary transistion during such an important election cycle. but aren't they all.happy voting!
The actual instructions on the voting ballot state (no. 5) that "Any other mark or writing, or any erasure made on the ballot outside the voting ovals or blanknspaces provided for voting will void thie entire ballot."
Will the recommendation I heard on the air today for dissidents to write in a comment regarding the two proposals on the ballot render the ballot void?
The interview with Julie Dent was very disappointing, and not just because she spoke poorly. If it's true as she said that the forms are clear and easy to use, why was George Gonzales fired?
Wow, ACORN is in charge of the board of elections. Lords knows what kind of fraud will happen this year with ACORN types and SEIU workers running the process and "fixing" the machines. The great fraud has already begun in many of the Democrat states with early voting - only NPR & WNYC haven't been covering that. How convenient.
Brian, thanks for asking about write-in votes on the ballot questions! I'd been wondering about that myself, having written "no term limits" in the write-in slot on the old machines the last time there was a ballot q. on this issue. I was told by the poll workers that it would be counted. There's no oval for a write-in vote for ballot q's. on the new ballots, the way there is for candidates. Of course you can write another choice in on the paper, but the question is, will it be counted?
You know the citizenry and the national "conversation" (to use a favorite NPR buzz word) has become seriously dumbed down when a barely existent cock-up is equated to living in the Soviet Union, as a poster wrote below.
tpo, did you LOOK at the sample ballot here on this website? Isn't it clear and obvious where your candidate's oval is, do you really have the slightest doubt as to where to make your mark? Hint, STAY IN THE BOX !!!
This guest has QUOTA BOSS written all over her.
The lack of intelligence in this woman's remarks is appalling. It this the best person they could find for the job?? She says she used to be a teacher and doesn't even know basic grammar. ie: "there are many languages that 'has' to be printed on our ballots"?? If this is an example of our city's appointees, it's one of the scariest interviews I've ever heard.
Love the droning pat rhetoric of a bureaucrat.
this was so crazy and non-sensical. leaving it all in the hands of pollworkers to guide us? can't they make a paper ballot that makes sense. And can't they send a spokesperson that makes sense. Ever heard of PR???
If Julie Dent is in charge of voting in NYC, I am in despair. Shame on Mayor Bloomberg for appointing an inarticulate, defensive person to run our precious elections. I'm voting early tomorrow morning, just in case...
I'm sure a nice woman in a tough situation. She sidestepped the "what qualifies you..." question however. Her education background sounds like not a bad start. Better than some politico crony. That said, why am I worried that I will be spending hours in line tomorrow in my mainly immigrant neighborhood where English is a second language for many, many voters and they barely got the previous system.
Sorry about the typo, I should've written -- I don't get this "controversy." We received our guide to the new rules long ago, and the "oval" was right there in the picture in the box right under the candidate's name.
The poll workers saw how I voted when I was scanning in my ballot. I spoke with others who had the same problem.
As a reasonably intelligent person who can usually navigate municipal signage, I wasn't worried about my ability to cast my vote tomorrow...until I heard this interview. If this woman is driving the bus, I feel a header off a cliff is imminent.
Then it Ain't no palm card !
Wow, welcome back to the Soviet Union. There is nothing wrong with the system. The ballots have no problem, the poll workers do not see or comment on your votes... Really?
I don't get this "controversy." We received our guide to the new rules long ago, and the "oval" was right there in the picture in the box right under the candidate's box.
If one just stays within the box, that is the outline enclosing each candidate's name, there can be NO mistake.
What an embarrassment this woman is. By the way, if her predecessor had done "a fine job" (as she claims), he wouldn't have been fired. She should also be thrown out along with all of the other commissioners so that the citizens of New York can be assured that their rights are being protected.
I have not heard anyone mention that the ovals are in the same box as the candidates names.
This is pathetic beyond words. We can do better than this.
she sounds like the female version of george gonzalez. she's appearing on the show today to bring clarity to the confusion w/ the layout of the ballot and she instantly created more confusion. do you think it's below or next to? do you trust this woman? i don't.it's entitled state workers like this that are the problem....i feel like i'm at the motor vehicle and no one will answer my question- just spew out a nonsensical robotic answer.
Amazing how many bad designers have jobswhile the good ones are out of workShe is a poor spokes person and confused !
Is there a place online where we can see the ballot?Also, Telegram Sam is funny.
This guest is unbelievable! "Next to" meaning "below"????! Are you kidding me?
She seems very quick, intelligent, articulate, and on top of things. I'm confident we won't have any problems.
It is incorrect to say that the Executive Director of the Board of Elections was fired by Mayor Bloomberg, he was fired by the Board of Elections itself which is a collection of people appointed by the two major parties. Mayor Bloomberg has limited authority over the BOE, except for funding authority.
"what voters can expect on Tuesday"
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