Category Archives: Primaries

CD 5 Recount – things are going to get ugly

On primary election night it looked as if “Go Daddy Girl” Christine Jones may have finally spent enough of her personal fortune to buy a congressional seat in the CD 5 GOP primary, after losing previous elections.

biggs-jonesBut after the last batch of ballots were processed and uploaded onto election computers on Saturday, “Go Daddy Girl” came up nine votes short to state Sen. Andy Biggs, who got his personal fortune by winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

This means that the CD 5 GOP congressional primary is headed for an automatic recount, and things are going to get ugly between these two. The Arizona Republic reports, Christine Jones questions 9-vote loss to Andy Biggs; race is ‘far from settled’:

Congressional hopeful Christine Jones, who lost the Republican primary by just 9 votes to state Sen. Andy Biggs as the final votes were tallied early Saturday, is questioning the ballot count and seeking more information about how it was conducted.

The Biggs campaign accused the Jones campaign of sowing seeds of doubt about a fair and secure counting process. Biggs and his team called for transparency, while predicting his victory will be upheld. Biggs campaign attorney Kory Langhofer called it “gutter politics.”

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Some primary surprises (and some “not surprises”) on Tuesday…

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

Note: All results are tentative and subject to change as late-arriving mail in ballots and provisional ballots are counted.  Most races seem settled, though there are a few that may flip.  And at least a couple seem headed for recounts…

Note2: Results from Maricopa County-specific races are from the website of the Maricopa County Recorder; results from races that cover other counties or the entire state are from the website of the Arizona Secretary of State.

Note3: The geographic descriptions used are for reference only, to give a general idea of where a district is located.  They are not, nor are they meant to be, definitive descriptions of the geographic area covered by a particular district.

I actually think that the a few of the primary results will serve to help Democrats make some gains, but this is turning out to be a weird electoral cycle.

In other words, no predictions.

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Secretary of State Michele Reagan screws up again

On Monday I read this blurb from the AP that Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office says her technology team has launched an enhanced website to show voting returns from all 15 counties Tuesday night in real-time. New Arizona election reporting system to debut Tuesday.

My first thought was, “Oh no! Something else Michele Reagan can screw up this year.”

So how did it go? Just as you would expect from the queen of election screw-ups. ‘Error’: Arizona’s new elections site struggles in debut:

MicheleReaganThe Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees statewide elections, was supposed to be issuing the early results of races across the state close to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Instead, the website produced this message: “Error.”

The website continued to intermittently produce results throughout the night, occasionally producing messages saying, “This site can’t be reached” and “Service unavailable.”

A spokesman for Secretary of State Michele Reagan, when asked about the error messages around 8 p.m., told The Arizona Republic the office was “working on” the issues.

Hours later, Matt Roberts told The Republic he couldn’t say with certainty the root of the problems. He said it was unclear whether website traffic contributed to the problem, but issues uploading files from some county recorders delayed results.

You probably should start with your office’s “technology team” that built your web site.

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The Arizona primary by the numbers

Ballot-boxThe media villagers  have been telling us for over a year now that Americans are angry, that there is a populist uprising against the establishment (Republicans in Arizona), and that they want to throw incumbents out of office. Revolution!

Since many races are decided in the primary, you would expect to see this populist uprising in the primary.

So let’s look at the numbers from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office (unofficial results 8/30/16) :

Registered Voters: 3,400,611

Ballots Cast: 822,400

Voter Turnout: 24% (only three counties exceeded 30%)

Voter turnout in 2014 was 27.02%, and in 2012 it was 28.09%. 2016 may be lower still.

There are several thousand ballots yet to be processed statewide, so the voter turnout number will go up slightly, but still —  almost three-fourths of registered voters in Arizona could not be bothered to get off their rear-end and to take five minutes to fill out a primary ballot.

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FBI says foreign hackers are trying to gain access to election systems

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 1.11.32 PMOn this primary election day in Arizona, there are some disturbing reports about Arizona’s election data base being vulnerable to foreign hackers.

There is also this recently released analysis from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, ICIT Analysis: Hacking Elections is Easy! Part One: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (link to .pdf).

Michael Isikoff reports for Yahoo News, FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems:

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert (.pdf) from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to convene a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cybersecurity experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a “readout” of the call released by the department.

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Primary Election Day – VOTE!

voteToday is Primary Election Day.  If you have not already voted — and why haven’t you? — get yourself to the polls and VOTE! Many races will be decided in the primary, there is no waiting until November in these races.

VOTING HOURS
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE
Check your local County Recorder’s web site. You can find your polling place location and check your voter registration status on the Recorder’s web site. You may vote only at your assigned polling place.

ID REQUIRED AT THE POLLS
Your driver’s license is enough if your address is current. Find a list of other acceptable ID from your County Recorder’s web site. Here is the list from the Pima County Recorder’s Office.

INDEPENDENT, NO-PARTY VOTERS
Independents may vote in this election by requesting one party ballot — Democrat, Green, or Republican — at the polling place.

MAIL-IN BALLOTS
If you still have an early mail-in ballot at home, you can drop it off at a polling place without waiting in line. MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU SIGN AND DATE THE ENCLOSED BALLOT ENVELOPE before dropping it in the ballot box. DO NOT mail your ballot.

If you previously mailed your ballot, you can check online at your local County Recorder’s web site to see whether your early ballot has been processed.

CALL FOR VOTING INFORMATION
If you have any questions, call your local County Recorder’s election hotline.

Here in Pima County: Pima County Elections Department: 520-724-6830.