‘Success’ Looks Rough

Posted: November 6, 2010 at 4:40 a.m.

The article in Thursday’s edition of whatever newspaper we throw in the general direction of your front porch read like an excerpt from a book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales: “Election Commission Chairman Bill Williams said final, unofficial results were compiled at 1:54 a.m.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 11/06/2010

I applaud you for calling it like it was!!! Finally a person with reason! Very funny in your writing, but the sad thing, is that it's all true! And I will continue with your 'weather forecast' - Williams TRIED to give the voters a 'snow job', but he failed miserably! People aren't as stupid as what he thinks, and he isn't as smart as what he thinks!

Posted by: 36tudor

November 6, 2010 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

right howler - he flat lied to a reporter about why over 100 machines were having to be set up election night --- and properly closed, which accounted for the 2 am results, don't let anybody fool you, it was a mess at the EC election night.

Both Williams and Miller have virtually elminated access to paper ballots during early voting and at the polls - there is no indication at any poll that paper is available. So they take the May election results do their calculations and print a crummy 13K ballots.

Williams and Miller would rather have voters stand in line than have paper ballots available, that take 1/3 the time to vote. The question to as; is why there is this blind and bullying quest to have only electronic available. In 08, almost 40% of voters voted paper. So, who's in who's pocket? And why, since William or Miller have been in charge has an ES&S person been employed to do the primary and general elections? These boys need to be given their walking papers, or answer some pointed questions and be under far more scrutiny. Something's rotten at the EC.

Posted by: Blueticker

November 6, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I too question whether the term 'successful election" was appropriate given all the issues. Maybe 'well we got through it' would be more appropriate.

Posted by: suek

November 6, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The problem is, is that, Williams was asked by both parties to resign. He told them that he had been voted in for three years, and he was staying his term! A few nights ago, I was going through election laws & found that the AR Supreme Court had ruled that election commissioners were 'county employees' for torte purposes. If one is a 'county employee', then all county employees answer to the county judge & the quorum court! So in my eyes, these guys should be able to do something! A ruling is a ruling! You can't be a county employee for some things, and not for others. Even though there is not an exact law on the books to remove these guys, this ruling should apply to them! I wish there was someone out there with a legal mind to comment on this!

Posted by: 36tudor

November 6, 2010 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Move to Washington County I was in and out in 10 min. I applaud the folks at the Murphy Park Youth Center, they always run an efficient polling place.

Posted by: martywilliams105261712

November 6, 2010 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Electronic voting threatens democracy itself.
We should not allow e-voting unless the machine includes a paper trail

Posted by: Coralie

November 6, 2010 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I myself have no problem using the machines - as long as COMPETENT people are programming the machines, & then running them! But EVERY machines DOES have a paper trail! That's the one thing you DON'T have to worry about! Saying that, using or not using is a personal preference! If a person DOESN'T want to use a machine, then paper ballots should be available for everybody! And there was no excuse here, as the county paid $9,000 for a paper ballot printing machine to be used if more paper ballots were needed. Obviously the new coordinator doesn't know how to work it, either! And I ask again, what DOES she do for her $51,500 a year job?! I need a job like that!!!

If I moved to Washington Co, the problem would still be here, & the poor voters would still be having crummy elections! Maybe I can help to get things fixed here, for the betterment of the whole county! I can't tuck my tail & run...

Posted by: 36tudor

November 6, 2010 at 5:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )