The recall vote against Han Kuo-yu is nearing. Neighborhood and borough chiefs have started handing out ballot notifications and election notices. However, a Cianjhen District borough chief is now being accused of asking residents to sign their names for their ballots, which means this could leak the names of voters, causing concern.
When neighborhood chiefs make the rounds to distribute ballot and election notices, they stick a note on the door of residents who aren't home telling them where they can pick up their notices. One resident is complaining about having to go to the borough chief's office to get his notices, saying it's like a sign on his forehead that he wants to recall Han Kuo-yu.
This is a Han-style scam. Asking borough residents to fill out (their name) before we can pick up our notice is basically forcing residents to display our ballot for everyone to see.
The resident said being made to sign for his notices violates the Civil Servant Election and Recall Act. In response, the borough chief he accused said the system is in place because ballot notices left in mailboxes often go missing, and the system has been in place for years.
We distribute (notices) to every household based on household registration registers. When I give you your ballot, you sign your name to acknowledge receipt. That's all it is.
This is not my first term as borough chief. This is how it's been done in every election during my (three-term) tenure. I don't have anything to hide. Secondly, picking up your notice does not mean you're going to vote.
The borough chief says he is currently in his third term and the standard operating procedure has always been the same. People that don't want to sign their name can simply leave a checkmark. The Kaohsiung City Election Commission, meanwhile, confirmed this practice is not illegal and does not violate any laws.