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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 02:25 PM
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239. We have no way of knowing
The concept of the legal/voter protection volunteer program was to (a) make sure that every person who was entitled to vote could vote a regular and not a provisional ballot and (b) to be the eyes on the ground to watch for voter intimidation or problems like the butterfly ballot. Out of state attorneys were not allowed in the voting stations and could only try to assist to make sure each voter was allowed to vote. The comment was made that if we knew about the butterfly ballot early enough, we could have gotten an injunction to change the ballot or had poll watchers passing out handouts explaining how to use the butterfly ballot. In addition, a trial of the program during the primaries in just ten precincts saved more than 537 ballots by allowing voters to cast real ballots instead of provisional ballots.

There was a great deal of concern that there was no way to know if the machines were working properly. Each of these machines were certified by the state but a large number of attorneys were still concern. We kept asking voters if they checked their choices before finalizing their votes and only person at my precinct had problems. There was a case filed by the DNC to try to require paper trails for the touch screen voting machines that was denied.

I am frustrated also by the result. At my polling stations, there was almost no line for most of the day. I really wish that turnout was higher.

There were instate Florida litigators who were standing by if we could establish any pattern of fraud. I imagine that these same attorneys are still looking for grounds to challenge the election.
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