The evidence is mounting that county election officials messed up the Council District 5 runoff election between Paul Koretz and David “Ty” Vahedi so badly that the issue will inevitably end up in court and a re-vote might be needed.
At first, officials denied there was any problem. Then, they admitted to a small problem with some absentee voters in CD5 not getting ballots with the Koretz-Vahedi race on them. Now it appears the snafu affected a wider area and was not just limited to absentees.
Koretz won the count on election day by 335 votes and widened his lead to more than 551 as uncounted votes started to be tallied — an almost insurmountable lead with 2,300 ballots still to be counted.
Westside activists have assembled this list of irregularities and want those with information to email “Westwood Hills-Terry Tegnazian” <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Laura Lake at SaveWestwoodVillage@hotmail.com:
1) Some absentee ballots did not have the CD5 race on them.
2) Some voters went to their normal polling place and were told they were not on the voting
roll and were not offered a provisional ballot.
3) 16 precincts were required to vote by mail only and the voters that tried to find a poll to
vote at were turned away.
4) Polling places that voters used in March 3rd Primary did not have voting booths with voter
guides with the 5th District race on it when voting provisionally.
5) Precincts were changed without notification.
Last week, officials acknowledged only 116 absentees didn’t get the right ballot but now admit the problem might be wider.
It’s impossible to know the full impact of the error since it’s not just the people who didn’t get a chance to vote in the election but how many would have voted if polls were where they were supposed to be, if people weren’t discouraged from voting because polling places weren’t open at all or provisional ballots given to everyone who asked.
“The County has been forthcoming and admitted they have never seen this mistake occur before, so we are in uncharted territory,” Vahedi said in an email.