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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 10:14 PM
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S. Florida : Sorry, your votes won't count. We made a mistake.
In Palm Beach County, Turia Hayden, a spokeswoman for Election Protection, said some voters, particularly in African-American neighborhoods, had problems locating their correct polling place because some voting sites were relocated in the wake of the recent hurricanes. When they showed up to vote at the old location, they found no signs or other assistance to help them find the new polling place (

Voters in Pompano Beach discovered at the last minute their precinct had been moved from the Pompano Beach Civic Center to a nearby church. The discovery was made after an unknown number of voters had cast provisional ballots at the Civic Center. Precinct 1C has 1,200 registered voters.

A similar problem was discovered Tuesday morning at Precinct 72Q in Weston, which has 1,920 voters. These provisional ballots will not count. Story Archive In the Pompano Beach case, neither the clerk nor the voters said they were aware of the address change.
11/2/2004 Provisional ballots FL A small number of voters who went to the wrong precinct in Pompano Beach, Fla., were given provisional ballots, which the county acknowledged was a mistake. In Florida, provisional ballots must be cast in a voter's exact precinct. Story Archive

Broward County. After waiting in line for several hours, several voters were told late Sunday evening that they would have to come back another day to be able to cast their ballot. The machines had broken down. Story Archive

Broward County accepted on 2428 provisional ballots out of a "ton" of them. In many cases, clerks at the polling places gave provisional ballots to people who could have voted regularly, deputy registrar Salas said. She thinks many clerks had trouble with last names of voters with compound names -- they simply couldn't find their names in the precinct registers, even though they were there.

The vast majority of provisional ballots -- voters' last chance to have their voices heard -- were rejected.
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 10:22 PM
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Our freedoms and rights have been stolen from us in so many ways. I read earlier the Repuks are trying to dismantel our First Ammendment. Even our Constitution is up for cheap, dirty grabs.

What's wrong with the Freepers? Are they that "DIVORCED" from "REALITY?" They've forgotten that we're all Americans, and it isn't just us loosing our freedoms.
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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 10:33 PM
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2. Its all a matter of perspective it seems??
Edited on Mon Feb-28-05 11:02 PM by berniew1
Salas said she did not know how many of the machines had the same "calibration problems" as the Coral Springs machine.
Calibration can be a problem with electronic voting machines, she said. "That's why it's important for voters to go back and review their ballots."

Despite the problems, county officials said they were pleased with the overall performance of the voting machines. A total of 5,283 machines were used in Broward County.

Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes briefly spoke with reporters, downplaying any election problems.

"I think the day's gone really well up until this point," she said.
Broward County had over 1000 reports of vote switching or other irregularities to EIRS hotline; more vote switching than any other county in the country, and more irregularities reported than all but 2 counties in the country-one being next door Dade County. Broward County also had widespread systematic dirty tricks in minority counties, major absentee and provisional ballot problems, few machines/broken machines/long lines in minority precincts, etc.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 10:59 PM
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4. Misbehaving link, let's see if this will work.
Edited on Mon Feb-28-05 10:59 PM by Wilms
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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 11:50 PM
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7. We lost a few absentees, but its not a big thing; they were mostly Dems
Broward County. 58,000 ballots that were supposed to mailed out on Oct. 7 and 8 are late and appear to be missing. Story Archive

Absentee voting problems were a "disaster." Voters were unable to confirm the status of their request for an absentee ballot. In some cases, by the time they realized a ballot wasn't on its way, it was too late. Hundreds of voters couldn't vote because their early orders for ballots disappeared

Miami-Dade. Only half the absentee ballots have been returned. Some voters have complained they have not received their ballots in the mail -- A printing delay initially slowed down the mailing of the ballots. Story Archive

10/30/2004 Absentee ballots (late) FL Broward County. 2505 absentee ballots were mailed on Saturday (October 30).

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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 10:54 PM
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3. Don't want you reporters snooping around here during elections in S. Fla.
A widely published investigative journalist was tackled, punched and arrested Sunday afternoon by a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy who tried to confiscate his camera outside the elections supervisor's headquarters

votersunite same URL
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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 11:00 PM
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5. Not all action in Flordia was S. Fla- all universities had problems
Leon and Alachua Counties: Students at Florida State, Florida A&M, and University of Florida. some of whom signed petitions to legalize medical marijuana or impose stiffer penalties for child molesters, unknowingly had their party registration switched to Republican and their addresses changed. Switching voters' party affiliations does not affect their ability to vote, but changing addresses does, because when voters shows up at their proper polling places, they will not be registered there. About 4,000 potential voters in all have been affected. Story Archive

similar happened in most Florida Universities. UCF, FAU, USF, etc.

but it serves them right for signing various petitions to help the homeless and legalize medical marijuana, etc.


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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 11:11 PM
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6. Is this an improvement?
Broward and Miami-Dade counties both have about 1,058,000 registered voters, but Miami-Dade has 20 early-voting sites, compared with Broward's 14. Every Miami-Dade site is equipped with at least 20 voting machines, while some in Broward have fewer than 10. Some voters wait 4-1/2 hours in Broward to vote.

In Miami-Dade County, hundreds of people waited for hours Sunday to cast ballots during early voting. Many would-be voters saw the line, shook their heads and left. Ref (votersunite)


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