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From a very reliable and credible source, there is an threat of ISIS and Al Qeada joining forces in Ciudad Juarez and coming across the border. Louie Gohmert, sitting in for Hannity today, made…Continue
Banning the Red Light Camera’s WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT!!!!Good Morning Patriots:Awesome news!! Robert Montgomery received notification Friday afternoon that the signature verification process…Continue
Both Reps Matt Salmon and Paul Gosar have taken trips to the Central American States (that term seems to confuse Pelosi) to assess and research the cause for the influx of Central Americans to the…Continue
The Sierra Vista City Council will be deciding whether to apply for CDBG grants now that Sierra Vista is a new "entitlement" city, at a special meeting Tuesday, August 12th at 3pm. HUD's new rules intend to erase all zoning codes in every community that takes CDBG funds. Cities that do not comply will jeopardize their funding but not right now. HUD will wait until there are years worth of projects in various stages of completion and then will pull the…Continue
The Radical Transformation of America;
what can we do? Copyright 2014
An essay by Ken Moyes
July 18, 2014
Recently, I found myself alone at home and thinking about what has happened to our country, our Constitution, and soon our way of life. I fell…Continue
Please check your property tax statements for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In 2011 my Cochise College property taxes were $380.29. Per Cochise College's Truth in Taxation Statement these taxes were supposed to be raised by 2%. My 2012 Cochise College property taxes were $394.23 an increase of 3.65%. If my Cochise College property taxes were raised by 2% (2011 amount x 1.02) they would have been $387.90. My taxes were increased…Continue
Letter to the Editor:
I read the recent ‘SV Herald View’ with regards to County water regulations.
Let me provide a different perspective.
The concern voiced is for the San Pedro River. If the goal of water conservation is the preservation of the river, then let’s look at some facts and use those to…Continue
SIERRA VISTA — The interim county elections director and two independent monitors of the elections office believe they may have narrowed down where things went wrong during Tuesday’s Primary Election, which resulted in erroneous data being added to the Secretary of State’s election results.
After the polls close, data is transferred electronically via modem from the ballot counting machines to the elections office. That data is then received and tabulated by an Election Systems & Software program, placed on a thumb drive, transferred from the thumb drive to a server, which then sends the data on to the state.
“Somehow, when the information on the server went to the state elections system, that number got corrupted,” said Jim Vlahovich, interim director of the Cochise County Elections Office.
Various checks are in place to ensure the data collected from the polls is accurate.
For instance, as the 49 voting precincts close after voting is complete, poll workers called “inspectors” report over the phone various information about their site, such as the number of voters and the number of provisional and early ballots cast.
That verbal information is then compared to the data being sent electronically by the voting machines.
“When those numbers come in, we check them with the verbal count to make sure they are accurate, and they were,” Vlahovich said.
In addition, a random number of ballot machines were tested by the Secretary of State’s Office on July 29 and ensured that the county’s machines were tabulating votes correctly. The machines also passed the county’s own testing, he said.
Vlahovich did not know if this testing included ensuring that the transfer of data to the Secretary of State’s Office was working correctly.
Elections office staff first noticed that something may be wrong on Tuesday night, when the print out of the results reported an abnormally high voter turnout of 62 percent.
Then, this morning, calls to the elections office prompted further inspection, resulting in the discovery that the server used to transfer the voting data to the state had crashed. Other voting irregularities were also uncovered, such as the voter turnout of Tombstone being higher than the number of registered voters.
So far it is unclear if there is any pattern as to how the results were modified from their actual figures.
In order to ensure an accurate tabulation of the ballots, the memory cards of all 49 precinct voting machines are being sent via helicopter to the Graham County Election Office, which uses the same model of machine as Cochise County and reported no issues on election day.
Cochise County Administrator Mike Ortega, along with elections office staff members Juanita Murray and Martha Reynolds, are also traveling to Graham County, Vlahovich said.
“This is not a people problem. It was not a problem with people getting the wrong ballots, this is a software problem,” said Pat Call of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors. “We are currently doing a forensic examination of the server.”
Call said he continued to have complete confidence in the elections department staff and the overseers brought in to help with the elections, which include Katie Howard, former clerk of the board, and Jodi Klein, former county administrator.
“We know there are a lot of people wanting to know the results and we are doing everything we can to expedite process,” he said. “We have posted some information on our website. We want to let people know we’re working as quickly as possible on it.”
Once the new ballot tabulations are released, they will still not include the approximately 3,100 remaining early and provisional ballots that have yet to be tabulated. That process is expected to last well into Thursday, Vlahovich said.
Jon Johnson, reporter, and David Bell, editor, of the Eastern Arizona Courier newspaper contributed to this story, as did Herald/Review Reporter Shar Porier.
Candidate Vetting Committee
The Vetting Committee invited Primary Candidates who are running opposed, to meet and be interviewed for their “jobs” to represent us.** The following represents the candidates who received scores of 80 or more The scores are not endorsements. The scores are an aggregate of the scores of each of the committee members who participated in the vetting process. Not all candidates responded or they declined to be interviewed.
Sierra Vista City Candidates:
Mayor: Tom Crosby 85
Council Craig Mount 87
Tony Wenc 84
House: David Gowan 92
David Stevens 96
Governor: Christine Jones 88
Frank Riggs 97
CD 2: Shelley Kais 92
Chuck Wooten 89
**Candidates were scored on the following category questions. Each category has 4 or 5 sub clarifying questions.
1. What are your qualifications related to the Office you are seeking? (20 points)
2. Understanding of the Office that you are seeking? (20 points)
3. Core Values (40 points)
4. List the four current issues you believe are most important to move forward with (20 points) For a total list of the questions email: email@example.com
When you go to the polls remember these candidates and give them extra consideration. They took the time to spend with our vetters. They care about YOUR vote.
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