FloriDuh "Ah"gain

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tampa Properties

FloriDuh refers to the 2000 Presidential Election where hanging chads (the little pieces of paper "punched"out of a voting ballot", were the cause of a court dispute over the final outcome that stretched for weeks and finally ended with the US Supreme court deciding the winner!

Well, my little state is doing it again, only this time the outcome of the election does not hang in the balance, just the pride and probable job of the State Elections Supervisor.  48 hours after every news media outlet in the world declared President Barack Obama the winner, FloriDuh, is still tabulating.  Apparently, with all of the organization of a 3 Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Marx Brothers and Keystone Kops reunion.

The reasons are as follows according to the NBC Network:

A reduction in the number days on which Floridians could vote early - Yep, from 14 to 8 days, but the total hours were the same, 96!

Litigation over voting hours - The Democrats filed a lawsuit saying this was discriminatory, they won, must not have been!

A reduction in the number of voting locations on Election Day - Many locations no long qualify because they don't qualify under the American Disabilities Act and school districts were afraid of sexual predators on school grounds!

The sheer length of the Florida ballot itself, with 11 constitutional provisions for voters to mull over - Since 8 of the 11 provisions failed and all had less votes total than the Presidential candidates what's the problem?


The lengthy counting of absentee ballots after Election Day -You couldn't count them as they came in so there were very few left on Election Day?

Seems to me, all or some of these would have been concerns in every other state, but FloriDuh continues to count.  Hopefully, someone remembers to turn out the lights when they get a final tally because no one is going to care!


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Comments (3)

Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Steven, the year 2000 Election was an incredible event here in Tallahassee.  It was "Pre-911", there was very little security. You could walk right up to the CNN and ABC and NPR Reporters and strike up a conversation.  We met many Reporters and Politicians, including Greta Van Sustern, Katherine Harris, Wolf Blitzer, Jeb Bush, and many others.  It was an exciting week!

 

Nov 08, 2012 12:37 PM
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good evening Steven. I think the whole election process needs reworked starting with campaign reform that rules out mudslinging. I can wait for 2016. The haters are all ready working their magic.

Nov 08, 2012 02:25 PM
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Exciting perhaps, Fred!  But embarassing as well, the current situation is equally so and except for statistics, will serve no purpose in the outcome.  Why were 49 other states able to count their votes on election day and Florida could not?

I agree with you Randy, the process does have many flaws!

Nov 08, 2012 10:59 PM