Recount Ordered In Florida Due To Missing Ballots In Palm Beach County

By: Courtesy
By: Courtesy

The day began with 3,478 missing ballots in Palm Beach County. The state of Florida has ordered a recount there and is now considering sending monitors for the November election. Many say it's an eerie reminder of Election 2000

The 3,478 missing ballots in Palm Beach county has state elections officials worried about November.

Florida's Secretary of State is considering his options.

"We’re not quite sure what direction we’re going to go yet with that. Whether we’re going to send a team in, whether we’re going to send an individual in, how long term," says Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

The election snafu caused the state canvassing board to certify every August 26th election result, but one between two judicial candidates.

The next stop, ironically, a courtroom. Since 2000, Palm Beach has gone from punch cards to touch screens and now, for the first
countywide election, optical scans.

Governor Charlie Crist was asked about voter confidence.
Reporter: Do you think this will diminish voter confidence in the voting equipment?
Gov. Crist: “I hope not, I hope not. It shouldn’t.”

At least one of the best election lawyers in the state has already been hired. The state is confident the votes are not lost, but just misplaced and will eventually turn up.

But that won’t be enough to settle the judicial race or to quell fears that Florida could once again be a poster child for inept voting.

“We don't do a very good job of it by having these types of issues with our elections," Browning says.

And the last thing elections officials want is for the state to once again be the legal battleground for the Presidency.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 7, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    I still maintain my position that if you can't push a pin through a piece of cardboard, you don't have any business in the voting booth to begin with. That whole 'hanging chad' scandal was a load of crap.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 7, 2008 at 03:03 AM
    This is the same counties that has had all the trouble. Old people, heavily Democrat, and high minority population. What do you expect? Can't punch a hole in a card, too ignorant to use a touch screen or power up a system following instructions, now must mark a ballot with a #2 pencil filling in a circle dark enough to be read. This is also Janet Reno's district. I work for a company that manufactures touch screen voting systems. It's only a PC. How much error in computing does a PC have? Be honest! The optical scan systems have a 3-6% margin of error. These are the systems mandated by the state of NC. The people at the local elections board hadn't a clue when I asked the the margin of error for the opti-scan machines.
  • by voter Location: nc on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    how about the other counties in the plywood state that simply cover it up.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    Maybe there are too many crooks handling voting affairs down there.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 6, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    What is going on in Florida? Why is there always a voting issue down there?

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