May 29, 2009 - Registrar says voter woes limited in city race
Paper: Daily News Los Angeles
Title: Registrar says voter woes limited in city race
Date: May 29, 2009
Author: Rick Orlov, Staff Writer
PROBE: Questions are raised by trailing CD5 candidate David Vahedi.
Rebuffing concerns about widespread irregularities in the 5th Council District election, county Registrar Dean Logan said he's concluded that problems were limited to only a handful of voters.
The five-page letter released Friday said extensive inquiries had resolved all issues raised by David Vahedi, the neighborhood council leader who trails former Assemblyman Paul Koretz by about 700 votes as the final ballots are tallied.
"As a matter of policy, this office regards all concerns raised by voters, the community or candidates/campaigns with the utmost importance and reviews them to the fullest extent to ensure a transparent and secure election process," said the letter from Logan to Vahedi.
Among these were that voters were given sample ballots that did not include the contest, that polling places were moved without notice and that provisional ballots were not made available to voters.
Logan said his office found that erroneous sample ballots were sent to 10 voters, six of whom voted absentee. Replacement ballots were provided to them and new sample ballots were sent to the other voters.
As for the relocation of polling places, Logan said two had been moved but that no voters formally complained.
And, on the provisional ballot issue, Logan said 1,280 provisional ballots were handed out and no complaints had been received from voters.
Logan said his office had been in contact with vendors to make sure there is no problem in future elections.
Vahedi said he still has some questions over the investigation as well as other complaints his campaign has received about election day problems.
"This will all be resolved soon," Vahedi said. "I want to see what the final vote count is first and then we will decide where to go next."
Koretz said the Logan letter shows that Vahedi's charges of voters being disenfranchised was false.
"The county undertook extraordinary efforts to contact the handful of voters who received incorrect sample ballot information," Koretz said.
"David Vahedi made numerous unsubstantiated claims about the conduct of the election - even claiming that as many as 4,500 votes may be in question. Yet, he failed to offer any evidence that any actual voters had been deprived of their franchise for any reason."
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