Weatherford Democrat

Top News

February 22, 2013

WC electronic ballots use a green decision

Board opts to not use paper in May 11 election, which would have cost district five times more

(Continued)

“It’s all about democracy, everyone getting to express their voice whether by paper or electronically,” he said. “But I am here to tell you that as the elections administrator, I am not able to contract with Weatherford College if you choose to use the paper balloting method.”

Parden cited several reasons for the decision, including the lack of a pre-clearance request to the Department of Justice, which is suggested prior to election changes, as well a lack of equipment and staff.

“I see no means of conducting an election without confusion to election workers and to the voters themselves,” he said. “I do not own ballot cans, and our personnel is not trained to handle paper ballots.”

Parden also told the board that the college legally has a right to conduct its own election, but that the estimated cost, including personnel and equipment, would be around $41,000.

Parden also answered specific questions on how the electronic voting machines are tested and password use.

“It’s hard for me to tell you that I can’t conduct this election,” Parden said. “As an elections administrator, I want to conduct elections.”

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results