Will your vote get tossed?

My vote in the presidential primary won’t count. (See back story)

Although I held on to my ballot receipt, it won’t do me any good. The
person in the Election Planning department said there’s no way to match
my receipt to my actual ballot. Apparently, the number on the receipt
refers to the ballot pad or the ballot box, not to any actual ballot
serial number. The county can’t and won’t be looking up these
non-double bubble ballots.

If this is also you, call (562) 462-2113. If you get a different explanation, let me know.

UPDATE: According to the Registrar’s office, 189,438 nonpartisan voters participated in yesterday’s election. I wonder how many of those votes won’t count.

Reporter Dan wants reminds me that the group Courage Campaign is taking this issue very seriously. They’re taking names and numbers. The web site, http://www.couragecampaign.org/,
is supposed to have a field where you can put your info up sometime
this afternoon, and you can also email them at info@couragecampaign.org.

Double bubble trouble

What a mess!

Yes, I am one of those voters involved in this double bubble fiasco. I didn’t know or notice that I had to fill in an extra bubble as a decline-to-state voter voting in the Democratic election.

Following Dan’s advice, When I called Courageous Citizens, a woman said the group would be filing a lawsuit, but I had to call the County Registrar’s office myself. She gave me the number: 1 (800) 815-2666. Go to Election Information (Option 5).

When I called, I was on hold for several minutes. Finally a man picked up and told me I had to be transferred to “Polls.” Their number is (562) 462-2509.

After I am transferred, a woman in that department said she didn’t know anything about this “other bubble” that everyone was talking about. She wanted to transfer me back to Election Information, but I told that I already went there.

Transferred again.

Election Planning department. The woman who answered the phone took my name but said this wasn’t the right department to call. She wanted to transfer me to Election Information, but I told her I already spoke to someone there. She put me on hold while she talked to her supervisor.

When she got back on the line, she asked for my phone number. She promised me that her supervisor, Maria Alfonso, would call me back.

I’m waiting.

How the Valley voted — that’s (some of) you!

Ace reporter Fred Ortega is at the County Reigstrar-Recorder’s office and called in these numbers. We’ll should have more city-by-city results later today.

City                    Clinton        Obama        McCain        Romney        Huckabee
Baldwin Park        5164            1299            518            202                  141
Covina                  2930            1472           1320           1148                460
Pasadena             8121           10590           2719           2217                558
West Covina         6843            3262            1886           1520                567

City                    Prop 91 Yes    Prop 91 No    Prop 92 Yes    Prop 92    Prop 93    Prop 93 No
Baldwin Park       3404                4324                4792                3126        4554            3458
Covina                3310                 4631                3651                4532        3374            4926
Pasadena           8797                 15552               11769            13560        12335        13267
West Covina        6480                 8440                7718                7740         7090          8461

What the exit polls are saying

This is what the exit polls are reporting, according to AP

RACE AND GENDER
Barack Obama leads black voters, white men
Hillary Clinton leads Hispanic voters, white women
MCCain leads among men. He holds a small lead over Romney among women

CONSERVATIVES AND MODERATES
Moderates are going for McCain
Conseravatives are voting for Romney
Independents are supporting McCain

DECISIONS, DECISIONS
About one in 10 voters in each party said they decided whom to vote for on Tuesday. Slightly more said they decided in the last three days. About half of Democratic primary voters and a third of Republicans said they made up their minds more than a month ago.

ECONOMIC WORRIES
Top issues for Democrats: economy, war in Iraq and health care.
Top issues for Republicans: economy, immigration, war in Iraq, terrorism

CANDIDATE QUALITIES
Clinton voters said the most important candidate quality is experience
Obama supporters said the most important quality is “can bring about needed change”
Romney and Huckabee voters want a candidate who shares my values.
McCain voters are split among experience, shares values and “says what he believes”

GETTING OUT TO VOTE
Turnout appeared to be considerably higher in Democratic than in Republican primaries.