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(Politico)   Finally, a question with no end: "What's wrong with Florida?"   ( politico.com) divider line
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2012-11-11 08:34:18 AM  
3 votes:

StrikitRich: What went wrong? How about record turnout that overwhelmed the polls. Add to the mix a constant influx of Northern retirees that can't wait to vote themselves more goodies and I think you'll have found 99.94% of the problem

Would you like to vote Republican, Democratic, or Free Halloween Candy Party?
2012-11-11 07:17:02 AM  
2 votes:
This is a question that transcends politics.
2012-11-11 12:16:58 PM  
1 vote:

Mrtraveler01: Depends.

What part of Florida are we talking about?

Depends are widely used throughout Florida.
2012-11-11 11:03:27 AM  
1 vote:

Doc Daneeka: What I want to know is, why do so many swing states have Republican-controlled administrations and legislatures. Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc. They all have Republicans controlling the administration of elections and the redistricting process.

If these are all swing states (some of them with a pronounced Democratic lean) why don't Democrats control any of these states?

Fiscal responsibility begins at home, then flows upwards to municipal, county and state politics. Federal deficits are someone else's problem. At the federal level voting is all about NO NEW WARS first, and vaginas second
2012-11-11 09:13:06 AM  
1 vote:
I believe the core problem comes down to this.

Florida voters vote, in droves. More people voted in Florida than in NY or TX, and almost as many people as CA. And unlike NY, TX, and CA, Florida voters vote unpredictably. It's a state full of independents. At one point ABC noted that Obama was leading Florida... by 300 votes of the ~ 4 million votes counted.

So unlike CA, TX, or NY, where you can pretty much call the election after counting 80% or so of the votes as at that point its pretty obvious where things are going (oh the Democrats won CA and NY, and the Republicans won TX? Wow, what a surprise), FL you have to get that last 20% done to be sure... and the last 20% of anything is usually 80% of the work.

Florida could do a better job running elections, sure, but we are also the state that it is hardest to hold an election in.
2012-11-11 08:51:22 AM  
1 vote:

dofus: I live in Pasco County. I received a sample ballot in the mail well before the election. I filled in the spots at home in front of the computer so I could research what I was voting for. I went to the early voting place part way through the early voting period. Showed them my driver's license with it's magnetic strip on the back. They stuck it in a machine that validated my right to vote in that precinct and gave me a slip of paper. I took that 3 feet to the next person who exchanged it for a ballot that exactly matched the sample. Went to a booth and transferred all the spots. Stuffed the ballot in a scanner that verified one spot per question and dumped in a locked box.

I suppose someone took the locked boxes to some place where another scanner that did the actual counting.

Total time elapsed between parking car and leaving parking lot: about 20 minutes.

I remember thinking "Wow. Florida finally got its shiat together."

It would be awesome if, instead of a confirmaton screen, the voting machine dispensed a small handful of Mike and Ikes.

Did you see where St Pete Beach voted to get rid of their police department? Good farking riddance. Maybe we'll finally get some tourists back in the area.
2012-11-11 08:31:04 AM  
1 vote:
As a Floriduh resident, (my first presidential election here), I assumed the polls would be awfully organized, so I mailed in my ballot. Ironically, it appears the vast amounts of mail in ballots were partially at fault for overwhelming the system.

Only Florida...Only Florida
2012-11-11 08:29:37 AM  
1 vote:
I get it - if my wang turned blue I'd be worried too.
2012-11-11 08:24:57 AM  
1 vote:
Our Supervisor of elections went on TV and cried. So that makes it all better, right?

/still pissed about the lines
2012-11-11 08:06:44 AM  
1 vote:
It's cursed by the ghost of Ponce de León!!!!
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