November 1st, 2008
05:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Update: CNN hotline caller allowed to vote by secure fax

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A caller to CNN's voter hotline will be allowed to vote by secure fax."]
(CNN) – When Chawnte Williams, a voter registered in the Denver area, originally called CNN’s voter hotline, the prospects of actually casting an absentee ballot did not look good.

Earlier: Some voters still waiting on absentee ballots

“I applied for an absentee ballot before October 6,” Williams explained in her call. When the ballot did not arrive earlier this week as promised by local election officials in Denver, Williams called to check in “and they had no record” of Williams' request for an absentee ballot. “So, because of somebody’s clerical error, now it looks like I might not be able to vote,” Williams also said on her hotline call.

"I feel like I'm not going to be able to vote and there's no reason why," Williams also told CNN in a telephone interview Thursday.

After making contact with election officials in Denver again on Friday, Williams learned she will be able to vote absentee after all.

“I was informed that I will be able to fill out a write-in ballot and send it to the commission by a secure fax machine,” Williams wrote in an e-mail to CNN Saturday. “Thanks for all of your help,” she added.

CNN estimates that roughly 23 million Americans have already cast ballots in this year’s general election.

CNN will be tracking voter problems through Election Day. If you have a problem or see a problem, call the CNN Voter Hotline at 877-462-6608. See what issues are a concern in each state by clicking on the interactive Hotline map at

Filed under: Colorado • Voter Problems
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Not Joe!

    Wow as if you can tell if they really voted the way that you wanted to vote. This is completely dumb!

    November 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Becky, Midwest

    What is this? Allow anybody to vote anyway as long as they vote for Obama?

    November 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Not Joe!

    I am watching CNN less and Less, now i am watching MSNBC more and more! Lou Dobbs never says anything okay about Obama, but if it's McCain he is all over his jock! Once CNN starts see it's rating going down they will become neutral at some point!

    November 1, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Nj in FL

    Oh yes, Johnny, CNN is so inpartial. Gee if they don't spend every minute on Obama, his supporters go crazy!! SUCK IT UP and tune in to CNN now and watch the "Reveal" thing for the 10th time. You do know that you could have watch that 30 minute commercial on about 7 – 8 other channels. Grow up and stop whining.

    November 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Not Joe!

    Palin does it again; she receives a fake prank call from the President of France. This woman is a complete idiot and she does not know how to talk to anyone on the phone. Then she try’s to use his first name as if she knows him, but it was all fake, what a dummy. And cracks jokes about killing animals, and she does not know who the Prime Minster of Canada is, she just keeps proving how dumb she is! Then she curses at the guy!

    Does anyone around her know anything about verifying thing before allow her to talk to someone she has never met before! She is dumb and so is her hired help!

    November 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. SK2 Delaware

    I want to know:

    1.) Why hasn't McCain released his military records? Does it have to do with the fact that he supposedly killed a man several decades ago?

    2.) Why hasn't Palin released her medical records? Does this have to do with the fact that she was already pregnant when she got married to her husband.

    3.) Why did McCain commit adultry on his first wife?

    4.) Who is home taking care of Palin's kid while her and her lunatic husband are flying around the country?

    5.) Do we really want an unwed teenage mother raising her out of wedlock family in the whitehouse?

    6.) Does Palin and her husband still want to have Alaska withdraw from the union?

    Nice republican "values". They are supposed to be the religious ones, but how many of the 10 commandments have these two broken?

    People, don't be fooled by the liars and cheaters who are trying to steal this election. I am a registered Republican who is voting for a Democrat for the first time ever. Obama tells me why I should vote for him. McCain only tells me why I shouldn't vote for the other guy. That isn't what our country needs in a leader.

    OBAMA / BIDEN – The right change and direction for this country.

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Dre

    Two notorious Quebec comedians have pranked Sarah Palin, tricking the Republican vice-presidential nominee into thinking she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Saturday afternoon phone call.

    "Oh my God, seriously, it's probably the biggest we've ever done," Marc-Antoine Audette, a member of comedy duo The Masked Avengers, told Saturday afternoon.

    During the nearly seven-minute chat, the conversation ranges from politics to hunting with vice-president Dick Cheney.

    The topics also touch on Palin's political future - a sensitive topic for some of John McCain's campaign staffers, who have suggested Palin is already looking at a presidential run in the next four years.

    "I see you as a president one day, too," says one of the pranksters to Palin.

    "Maybe in eight years," she responds.

    The duo, who have a regular show on Montreal radio station CKOI, have also made prank calls over their 10-year history to celebrities like Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears and Sarkozy himself.

    "We have such great respect for you," Palin tells the Sarkozy impersonator during the conversation. "John McCain and I, we love you and thank you ..."

    The impersonator also says he has been closely following the U.S. election through his special advisor "Johnny Hallyday," the French pop icon. He also refers to "Canadian Prime Minister Stef Carse."

    Speaking to, Audette later claimed that Palin "didn't know who the prime minister of Canada was." But the prankster spoke quickly during the conversation with Palin, and it's unclear whether she heard the fake name clearly. As governor of Alaska, Palin has worked closely with Canadian officials.

    At another point in the chat, the impersonator says in a fake Parisian accent that the pair might use a helicopter to go hunting.

    "We should go hunting together," replies Palin. "We can have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone."

    But when the fake Sarkozy makes a joke that they shouldn't extend the invitation to vice-president Dick Cheney, Palin says, "I'll be a careful shot."

    In 2006, Cheney accidentally shot and injured a friend during a bird hunting trip.

    The conversation also touches upon Sarkozy's model-singer wife Carla Bruni.

    "You've added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours," says Palin.

    "Give her a big hug for me."

    Nearing the end of the conversation, the impersonator tells Palin she's been "pranked," and an aide quickly cuts off the conversation.

    Later in the day, a spokeswoman for Palin emailed, a blog dedicated to U.S. politics, and confirmed that the chat had taken place.

    "Gov. Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy, and other celebrities in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," Tracey Schmitt in the email.

    Starting with persistent phone calls to Alaska, Audette said it took the duo - which also includes Sebastien Trudel - about four days of phone calls to Palin's handlers to finally get in touch with her.

    November 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Richard A. Spomer

    NO SPOOKS Obama/Biden

    November 1, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Richard A. Spomer

    NO SPOOKS Obama/Biden

    NO SPOOKS Obama/Biden

    NO SPOOKS Obama/Biden

    November 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Renee Villalon

    I will be glad when the race is over.To much mud throwing.This has been the worst I have ever seen.Even the White House needs to grow
    up and quick playing games with americans.

    Renee Villalon

    November 1, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |






    November 1, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. mms


    November 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    Good job Ms. Williams and good job CNN.

    Now, as a side note to this, I turned off CNN today because I could not stand listening to McCain lie for an entire 30-60 minutes.

    November 1, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Ken

    I am concerned that those that are voting by absentee, are those people voting legally. Is there a way to make sure that Mickey Mouse doesn't vote via absentee?

    With all that has been going on and about how Obama to me cannot be trusted to obey the laws. There is so much shady things that Obama has done, that I really don't trust him!

    NOBAMA 2008

    McCain/Palin 2008

    November 1, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Former Republican in Southlake, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I wonder if thi voter is correct? I know in many states you can submit your APPPLICATION for an absentee ballot via fax, but I've never heard of you being able to actually vote & transmit the ballot by fax.
    I have 2 friends from Florida who are still waiting for their absentee ballots. I suspect they may not gei to get to vote.... but that doesn't surprise me considering the nitwits running the Florida Dept. of Elections.

    November 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. jrzshor

    how the hell do they know who actually sends the fax?

    November 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Well, ONE person got to vote? And what about all the others who are not getting to vote? What about all the votes that were stolen in 2004 and 2000?

    Wake up, People, we have been deceived! The only way to end the deception is to use the power of our VOTE! That is the only voice we have.... USE IT!

    November 1, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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