After the election debacle of 2000, it amazes the rest of the country how little has been done to improve the integrity of our elections. You have to conclude that our gub-ner and GOP-controlled legislature don't care, are incompetent, or both.
Now its worse. We now have electronic machines which have no paper trail and can't even give us the decency of a hanging chad. What's worse, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the nearly 18,000 voters who registered no choice in Sarasota's congressional election solidly backed the Democratic candidate in every single statewide race, which means if this was a fair election, Jennings would have won. (She currently shows a -369 vote deficit to her GOP rival).
A touch of irony that this is Krazy Katherine Harris' old seat.
Although Jeb Bush and the GOP elections chief in Sarasota have been telling people with a straight face that thousands of people drove to the voting booth only to ignore the Congressional race, thousands of others in that county have protested that the race didn't appear on their machines.
E.J. Dione writes:
It's hard to believe that Sarasota's voters had a different view of the race than voters everywhere else in the district, considering that the undervote on the county's absentee ballots, cast on paper, was only 2.5 percent. The upshot: Any reasonable statistical analysis suggests that only 3,000 to 5,000 of Sarasota's undervotes were intentional, meaning that 13,000 to 15,000 votes were probably not counted.
Thankfully, our Senate race pitted Nelson against Krazy Katherine, so the vote was not even close. But one could imagine the disaster if it was a nail-biter like Virginia or Montana. THOSE states, however, have legislators that know better, and have sound election policy to stave off embarrassment. Not Florida, not Jeb. They don't want to mess with the status quo because it has benefited the GOP in this state. I guess national embarrassment, court filings, and voter disenfranchisement is a small price to pay.
I urged Charlie Crist the day after the election to fix our broken election system and copy the Virgina Model. In the meantime, Jennings has to count on us to support her quest for a new election and to defray the costs of her legal fight. You can donate or volunteer here.
I know I can always count on Florida citizens to do the right thing, even when I can't count on our elected officials.