Steve Aufrecht’s Interview with Guadalupe Marroquin, Former Anchorage Election Chief
by Linda Kellen Biegel
Steve Aufrecht’s blog “What Do I Know” is an often in-depth look at issues dealing with politics, cooking, travel and snippets from everyday life. Yesterday, Steve came up with quite the “get” — he’s the first one who was able to publish an interview with Guadalupe “Lupe” Marroquin, former Deputy Clerk in Charge of Elections for the Municipality.
(One of the first things an independent investigator should “investigate” is why the Muni Clerk’s Office never hired a replacement after Lupe left. Instead, the “additional duties” were given to Deputy Clerk Jaqueline Duke, even though there is a funded position just sitting there, waiting. But, I digress…)
You can find the entire post HERE but I wanted to point out a few things that that set my hair on fire. Some we’ve already heard, but it means more coming from the person who used to do the job:
– There should have been a lot more ballots sent out to the polling places. Lupe said when she used to do it, she’d look back three to six years and figured the highest turnout then add some more ballots for each polling place.
– While the folks that came to register and then vote or who weren’t Anchorage residents because of Minnery’s email, while problematic in their own right, were not the reason the polling places ran out of ballots.
There is much more attached to each of those issues on the blog post and in the video interview.
However, the items that sent me over the waterfall were here:
– There used to be two boards that monitored the elections.
> The Accuvote Testing Board which is made up of people working at the polls who test ballots to see if the machine counts them right.
> The Data Processing Review Board – this board has been eliminated. They used to test the machines before and after the election. They also sealed the cards into place to prevent tampering. Now one of the issues is that the seal was broken on a number of the ballot boxes. I did ask if there were ever any problems when they tested the boxes and she said no. Maybe that’s why the Board was eliminated. But it seems that this is so fundamental to democracy that it’s worth it to test.
Ms. Marroquin was quite concerned that the Data Processing Board was gone in light of the broken seals.
I also found her description of the different kinds of programming involved in the machines extremely interesting.
I hope all of you get a chance to listen to the interview. The information is riveting and makes you realize that a full-scale investigation and hand recount of the election are the VERY LEAST that needs to be done!