Wednesday, November 08, 2006

From Florida, home of the dangling chad

Well, now that Florida is no longer using punch ballots, no more problems, right?

Wrong. In the 13th Congressional District, located in Sarasota, there's a 368 lead by the Republican candidate. Nothing wrong there; they'll have a recount, and we'll know who actually had more votes cast for them, Republican Vern Buchanan or Democrat Christine Jennings. No big deal.

Well, it would be no big deal, but... There's
a 18,000-vote difference between the total number of ballots cast in Sarasota and those cast in the 13th race.

She said the undervote most likely was caused by voters overlooking the race on the computer screen because of the way the ballot was laid out.

She is confident the machines worked properly.
18,000 people voted but forgot to vote in the race for the House of Representatives? You've got to be kidding. See also this article that notes people all day thought their votes weren't being accepted.

So, we'll have a recount, right... well, maybe not. A manual recount is apparently impossible with Sarasota County's touchsreen machines.

According to the story, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said, "After the fact, there’s not a lot we can do about it."

Oh, well. That makes it okay, then.

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