Friday, October 24, 2008

The Florida Republicans Hope of Long Lines NOT Discouraging Voters From Casting Ballots

The Republican legislature and former Gov. Bush made sure Florida voters had nice long lines and shorter voting hours in their bid to promote democracy.

I wonder how many Republican voters are also waiting? I guess they should have thought of that.

Oh yeah, we've got a few problems, according to CNN:

Forty-two percent of those surveyed in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said they were not confident that their votes could be "accurately cast and counted." That number is up 15 percentage points from a similar poll conducted four years ago.

In Broward County, 17 of approximately 300 polling places are open for early voting, which ends November 2. On Monday night, one Broward County polling site closed at 10:30 p.m., three hours past the scheduled time.

In West Virginia's Jackson County, there were some reports that voting machines were accidentally recording the wrong vote. "I went in there and pushed the Democrat ticket, and it jumped to the Republican ticket for president of the United States," said Calvin Thomas, an 81-year-old West Virginian.

The same thing happened to his daughter, Micki Clendenin, when she cast her ballot. In both cases, poll workers at the site had them touch the screen a few more times, and the voting machine changed their ballot to their candidate choice.

CNN's Brian Todd reported that at least five voters in two West Virginia counties said they encountered the same problem. State and local officials said that they were isolated cases and that poll workers fixed the problems so the correct vote was cast.

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