Skip to comments.Writing in choice on eSlate will take a little more work (electronic ballot disenfranchises)
Posted on 08/10/2006 10:00:42 AM PDT by weegee
Write-in candidate names are not on the ballot by design. To cast a vote for one on the electronic eSlate machines, which don't have a keyboard, you'll have to use the "select" dial to choose "write-in."
Even then, the names won't automatically pop up, said Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.
In each booth there will be a printed list of candidates who have been certified for the Congressional District 22 race. Using the dial and a picture of a keyboard on the screen, the voter will click the letters of the name they want.
Potential candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, a Houston City Council member, said she is grateful for the list.
"It's a little bit of an issue," she said of her long and unusual name. "You haven't had to spell my name before to vote for me."
Voters don't have to get the spelling exactly right. "If the election officials can tell what the voter's intent was, then that vote will count," Haywood said.
The list of WRITE IN candidates is to be established prior to election day. "In each booth there will be a printed list of candidates who have been certified for the Congressional District 22 race." Since the names are known, it is purely procedural to require this inadequate mechanism for inputing the write in name.
The Texas ballot permits nicknames. I suggest the nickname "AAA" for one of the write-in candidates'.
Voters don't have to get the spelling exactly right. "If the election officials can tell what the voter's intent was, then that vote will count," Haywood said
Electronic pregnant chads?
And the Houston Comical couldn't have done MORE to bury this article. It is on about the fourth page of the second supplement in today's paper.
Having seen it in a restaurant, I went to look for the article on the Comical's website. Not under any of the "politics" articles. And it is buried in the Houston/Texas news section.
See if you can spot it...
Would be nice to know what the bare minimum requirement is for Republican votes.
As I say, spelling with a dial should not be necessary as all candidates' names which will be tallied will be known in sufficient time.
How surprising....LOL...I bet republicans at the District 22 precincts will be on duty instructing how to write in that candidate that'll be elected. And he'll be elected...no rat candidate will be elected no matter how hard the dimwits try!!!
The Rats swore that they weren't trying to get DeLay out of office by any means possible. They claimed to want the victory of beating him on election day.
They denied any crossover voters in the primary.
Yet to see them repeatedly set back DeLay's show trial and stifle any attempt to get another name on the ballot ("we don't want to Republicans to circumvent the will of the voters..."), shows them to be rotten liars.
Accidental Houston Chronicle memo admits to tainting the news with political agenda (Posted on 11/25/2002)
A Houston odyssey: DeLay, Lanier and light rail
Posted to HoustonChronicle.com Nov. 20,2002
Next November, voters in the city and across the Metropolitan Transit Authority service area will cast a truly important vote: They will decide whether Metro should be permitted to expand our rail rail system beyond the 7-mile South Main line.
There isn't a more critical issue on the horizon. I propose a series of editorials, editorial cartoons and Sounding Board columns leading up to the rail referendum, with this specific objective: Continuing our long standing efforts to make rail a permanent part of the transit mix here.
The timing, language and approach of the paper's editorials would, of course, be the decision of the Editorial Board. But I suggest that they could be built upon and informed by a news-feature package with an equally specific focus: Telling the story of rail here by examining the long term relationship of the two key players in the local transit wars -- Rep. Tom DeLay and former Mayor Bob Lanier. For better or worse, (mostly worse, I would argue) no two have had a more significant impact on transit decisions here. Our readers deserve to know how they've operated to fund and promote an anti-rail agenda for the past two decades. This would be vital information for voters as they come to their decision on rail. It would also be highly entertaining read....
And that rail line we voted on? The one that approved rail on Westpark? Well they changed their mind and screwed the voters and decided to ram it down Richmond instead. Bait and switch? Tyranny? Corruption, whatever it is.
IN TODAY'S ENVIRNOMENT....this is the only way they can win. In fact, this has been going on for decades...dimwits stealing elections...with the new media...the rats are being caught...over and over again. FInally, it's caught up with them all.
DeLay screwed us.
Not that I subscribe, I was reading it over lunch at the local burger house.
Like a schoolyard bully, DeLay's bravado fell apart when confronted by authority.
Surrendering his seat in Congress and abandoning his campaign for re-election after soundly defeating three opponents in the primary is but the latest blow DeLay has dealt himself and his party. His low regard for the rules brought him repeated reprimands from the bipartisan congressional ethics committee. After DeLay's political action committees used corporate donations to affect the outcome of Texas House races, a Travis County grand jury indicted him on campaign finance charges.
When he resigned from Congress, DeLay said he did not wish to be the focus of Democratic attempts to portray him as the embodiment of all that was wrong with Congress. DeLay had given his opponents plenty to work with. It was DeLay who promoted the "K Street strategy" that used lobbyists and their money to forward his pro-business agenda. It was DeLay and his aides who allied themselves with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who really does embody the worst aspects of congressional politics.
[snip]Whatever his reasons for cutting and running, Tom DeLay will never again be seen in the same light by either friends or foes. As a constituent labeled DeLay in a letter to the Chronicle, it seems "The Hammer" has become "The Quitter."
The Comical (and MSM in general) do their share of bullying. They embrace the worst aspects of Yellow Journalism.
(Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 9, 2006, 1:11PM | By KRISTEN MACK)
...or someone else?
I've been fairly hopeful all through this thing. But I would pretty much call it over. Two years of Lampson ahead and then OUT the door.
I really really really wish DeLay woud just run...
If Lampson doesn't get indicted first. < /s >
Of course the Democrats HAVE NO SUCH POLICY of stepping down from leadership positions while under investiagtion.
I don't know the players.
The local media is all ra-ra for Mayor White and I never hear anything about the mayor of Bellaire, West U., Sugar Land, etc.
So I don't hear anything bad about any mayor in the area.
Another suggestion to work around this is to encourage voting by mail.
A written ballot would not have this cumbersome dial to contend with.
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
- be 65 years or older;
- be disabled;
- be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance;
- be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
Fill out the form below, and not later than the next working day, an application for ballot by mail will be mailed to you. You must mail the application to early voting clerk of the authority conducting the election.
The early voting clerk is the county clerk or elections administrator for your county. Click here for a list of the county clerks.
For more information, please read the Early Voting in Texas pamphlet.
This democrat mayor is a true blessing compared to the democrat mayor he placed, Lee. P. Brown.
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