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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.

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