Charlie Daniels steps out | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Charlie Daniels steps out

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 6:30 PM

The secretary of state has a news conference tomorrow. He'll highlight improvements in election procedures in the runoff versus the first primary and, no doubt, pin blame for problems on the state's contractor. Which is fair enough.

A reminder to those who say (we mean, you, Jim Lagrone) that Daniels should have "started earlier." This is at least a little misleading. You can't prepare ballots or program machines for the ballots until the ballot closes, less than two months before the first election. It was in the ballot preparation and programming that the problems occurred, a preparation for a new form of voting in some 2,500 precincts in less than 60 days. With only a couple of major contractors in the field nationally on similar problems everywhere, mistakes were going to happen.

Did we have an election? Were the votes counted? Was anybody denied the ballot? Is there any indication we didn't have a fair outcome? These are the important questions, not some election night glitches and a few delays. But what Daniels has to say tomorrow will be important to his future. And should be.

His announcement on the jump.

 

Charlie Daniels press announcement:

Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels will make a statement regarding the state's new voting equipment and problems  reported during the Primary Election cycle.

When:       1 p.m., Thursday, June 15

Where:      Old Supreme Courtroom

Details:       Secretary of State Charlie Daniels will offer post-election comments on the state's deployment of new voting technology for the May 23 Primary Election and June 13 Runoff. Many of  the software delivery, programming and tabulation issues experienced
during the primary were dramatically improved for Tuesday's Runoff. Daniels will discuss the performance of the voting equipment vendor, Election Systems & Software, and will outline further progress that must be made before the November General Election when Arkansas will fully implement the federal Help America Vote Act.


Favorite

Comments (22)

Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Trump tariffs hit farmers hard

    Well, the trade war has begun and the early returns for farmers are not good — sharp reductions in the prices for soybeans and corn. You may have heard that Arkansas, which overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, has some agricultural interests, particularly in soybeans.
    • Jul 6, 2018
  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation