Sunday, November 16, 2008

CT Green Party To File Complaint That Write In Votes Were Not Counted In State Election

This happened in New York in 2004, the New York State Board of Elections never counted Green Party write-in votes despite having filed for write-in status.

CT Green Party To File Complaint That Write In Votes Were Not Counted In State Election

Green Party Of Connecticut

News Release - November 12, 2008 - For Immediate Release

Tim McKee, CT Green Party spokesperson and National Committee member, cell (860) 778-1304 (best) or (860) 643-2282,
Mike DeRosa, State Co-Chair, (860) 956-8170 or (860) 919-4042 (cell)
Scott Deshefy, Candidate for 2nd District Congress, (860) 642-7066

Voters Told Write In Didn't Count -- Count Ommitted In Some Towns

Green Party of Connecticut officials will file a complaint with local and state election boards that "REGISTERED" WRITE IN votes were not counted in all towns across the state as required by state law, it was announced today. This decision was reached after state Greens checked their own town votes totals showing no registered write in votes for the Green Party candidate for President, Cynthia McKinney and after receiving numerous complaints that town polling places had no list of registered write in lists, were reluctant to show any list, and some local voters were told their write in votes would not count.

Tim McKee, a Green Party spokes person said, "We gave the election officials one week to show us the numbers BUT my town of Manchester shows I did not write in McKinney for President, and State Co- Chair Mike De Rosa did not write in McKinney in Wethersfield accounting to the Sectary of the State's web site."

McKee added "Green's had about 25,000 votes for our 5 CT Congressional candidates, but only 58 write in for President? In 2004, we had 9524 for David Cobb for President, so the numbers do not add up to us."

McKee pointed to New Haven and Windam, as examples were no votes were counted for the Green Party for President, but Greens are elected as town alderman and First Select person and Green Congressional candidates had good numbers this year.

Our position is that all votes should be counted! If local PARTISAIN Democrat or Republicans voter registrars do not count Registered Write In candidates according to state law, then they should be removed from office!" McKee explained.

#end of release#

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