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Auditor Litz really needs to open his eyes while stuffing envelopes

Besides the two letters below, I guess Cindy Heiberger received an envelope addressed to her with Jeff Barth’s name on the enclosed letter.

How can we even depend on safe elections when our auditor’s office can’t even stuff an envelope properly?

UPDATE: Minnehaha County Commission Special meeting this morning

UPDATE: Watch the video of the meeting today;

https://www.facebook.com/RoseGrantforAuditor/

Apparently this meeting was posted on Saturday. I guess auditor Litz found a sealed box of uncounted ballots and had to re-count. Not sure how many or what district(s). I’m waiting to hear the details after the meeting.

Monday, June 11, 2018 8:30 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING:

1) Consider Motion to Certify the Results of the June 5, 2018 Primary Election Canvass – Bob Litz

 

Minnehaha County Auditor Litz blames old election workers

Screenshot KELO-TV

Bob has said that his poll workers are elderly, but isn’t he in charge of training them?

“A lot of my election workers, they’re retired, they’re getting older, they don’t always make the right choice out there. There’s human error. I loathe to throw them under the bus, because it’s difficult to get them,” Litz said.

He also didn’t seem to concerned that election results may have been altered because of the mistakes;

Bender: “I just want to see if you can give me some comfort, if you feel like the error did not affect that race.”
Litz: “That one there is troublesome. I don’t know what to tell you. Like you said, the margin of error was five votes. It could’ve been affected, yes.”

He than tries to blame partisan politics. Wasn’t it just REPUBLICANS on the ballot?

“At the end of the day, I’m sitting here holding a bag. You, you, are up here playing a political ploy. Okay, I’m republican, you’re democrat. I get that. That’s the way the game is played. Don’t act like you’re not playing that game, Mr. Barth,” Litz said.

We have already had a volunteer election committee that pointed out the issues with the Auditors office and the SOS office, yet the problems still exist.

Minnehaha County has better credit rating than the City of Sioux Falls

So I get a call from a county official yesterday, and they say something like,

“Did you hear? The county has a better credit rating than the city. But you might not have heard because we didn’t hold a press conference.”

Bob Litz actually made the brief announcement at the county commission meeting on Tuesday. I even said to the official that I didn’t even get a press release from the county on it. The good rating will SAVE taxpayers money on interest with the bond sale for the new jail.

Republican Leaders in SD continue to grasp at straws about the evil weed

Doesn’t matter how many FACTS you throw at Republican leaders in our state about the benefits of eliminating the prohibition of marijuana, they continue to grasp at any made up crap they can to call out on the evil weed.

Mayoral candidate and all around Shaggy double, David Zokaites did a presentation about drug prohibition and especially the worthless nature of prohibiting marijuana at public input during the Minnehaha county commission meeting this week AND the same presentation at the city council meeting.

At the end of the meeting during open discussion (FF: 1:14) Commissioner Jeff Barth said that the county and state should start the conversation now in case marijuana gets legalized in our state next year (which he thinks it will) when it comes to taxation, zoning, etc. He thought we were blindsided by Marsy’s Law and should be better prepared with marijuana legalization.

Bob Litz who happened to be standing at the podium talked about an upcoming speaker at a conference who is a sheriff from Colorado, who will speak about the effects of legalization in his state.

Of course, the commission’s Neo-Con, since Dick left, Cindy Heiberger had to weigh in. She said while David pointed out that NO one died from marijuana usage, she had to point out that it causes ‘social issues’.

I would partially agree, because people are tired of being arrested and prosecuted over a harmless drug, and the ‘issues’ it is causing in their lives.

Picture This

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I hope Bob can get it together before election night

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Not sure why KSFY decided to include this shot of Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz adjusting himself, but you have to grin a little. I guess this is how Bridget and KSFY won best weekend news cast – the ‘candid’ shots.

Can Sioux Falls Muslims vote in the upcoming municipal election at their precincts?

Kinda. That all depends where their polling places are. It is forbidden by Islam to vote in a church (I am told), doesn’t matter what that holy place is.

Many polling places are in ‘houses of god’ which I would think Jesus would reject.

In all fairness, I am a deist that doesn’t believe in religion, but I also don’t believe tax dollars should be expended leasing or renting churches for polling places when MANY public places exist that we already maintain with our tax dollars, and the only place voting should take place.

Let me make myself clear, don’t care what church you belong to, plain and simple, voting should only take place in public places that already are supported by taxpayers. Government buildings, schools, fire houses, etc.

Seems someone needs to school our county auditor on this.

Sioux Falls & Brandon Public Schools seem to be confused about the term ‘Public’

”He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” – Ben Franklin

Voting is the cornerstone of a free democracy, so where should this exercise take place? Well, probably in a public place, but Brandon & SF School District officials are saying “Not so Fast”;

Sioux Falls Schools officials have told county election managers that Hawthorne won’t be available for voting this election, citing security concerns.

Bob Bray, risk assessment manager for the Sioux Falls School District, said the building’s layout and scheduling make it hard to keep voters and students separate.

First off Mr. Bray, kids can be shot anywhere, parks, churches, walking down the street, and an election being held in your school is NOT going to increase that risk, and I almost question if you are using school shootings as an excuse.

Secondly, schools are publicly funded, and I almost question the legality of the districts denying access for an election, and would challenge Auditor Litz to dig up the laws on it.

Thirdly, the irony of all this couldn’t be more hypocritical. In a state where we scream and hollar about gun rights and being able to carry guns anywhere, we turn our backs on the very people who carry these guns and say, “Not in our facilities.” Well we can’t have it both ways. Until we change our culture about guns in South Dakota, there will still be shootings, whether they are accidental, intentional, or in a church or school setting, elections have little to do with when they occur.

Let’s end the paranoia, and stop the musical precincts;

Minnehaha County Commissioner Dick Kelly said he’s concerned the move will contribute to voter confusion during an important election.

“I think it is unfortunate you have to vote here one day, vote here another then vote here the next,” Kelly said

Litz agreed the search for polling places is a joint effort, requiring cooperation between the district and the county.

Never thought Bob and Dick would be the words of wisdom on this one, but they are right. Consistency helps with voter turnout.

Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz getting a lot of ‘assistance’

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AGENDA

Okay, I know that Bob recently had to undergo some very painful surgery, and there are people in his office that are retiring and need replaced, but with a county that already has budget difficulties, doesn’t it seem odd that we are paying Bob $87K a year (to do his job) a new employee $76K a year to help Bob do his job, and a 10% differential to an existing employee to help train the person that will be helping Bob do his job.

Next time the County Commission gets into a debate over replacing a $300 lawnmower, maybe they need to take a look at the auditor’s office employee compensation.