The battle against bureaucratic inertia and political flaccidity by those who wish to vindicate the right of the parties and the people to oversee our elections continues here in Pima County. Though a major victory was won with the favorable court decision, and the Pima County Board of Supervisor's vote not to appeal that ruling and to release all tabulation databases for the 2006 elections, significant issues still await resolution, and the Board continues to struggle against accepting a full partnership with the political parties in oversight of our elections.
Here's the major developments:
- Though the Board released all 2006 election records, they voted 3-2 (Day, Valadez, and Bronson v. Carroll and Elias) continue to oppose further record releases by directing the County Attorney to continue to oppose revision of Judge Michael Miller's ruling to include additional records of past elections and/or records of future elections. Some on the Board (Ann Day) even seek the intervention of the Arizona Secretary of State into the issue.
- The Pima County Administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, has gotten behind one of the election integrity movement's suggestions to digitally scan all ballots cast and place them on the internet (PDF) so that anyone may count them. The motive may be to stave off further pressure to access tabulation databases in the future, but the effect of providing another method of checking election outcomes is laudable.
- The election integrity movement is working hard to analyze the data that has been released from 2006. This is largest collection of this sort of data available and is unleashing creative efforts across the country to study the data and to build tools for analysis of such data.
- Planning for a hand-count of the 2006 RTA bond election continues.