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@MiamiHerald: BREAKING: Miami-Dade elections office will no longer be providing absentee ballots today. People shouting, demanding to vote. #Heraldvote

@MiamiHerald: Voters turned away Sunday at Miami-Dade Elections Dept. refuse to leave and chant: "Let us vote !" #Heraldvote
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NPR said that 52,000 people in DC already voted. Higher than in 2010.
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Fl stay fcuking up smmfh!
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Why The Lines Are So Long In Florida And Ohio

By Judd Legum on Nov 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

There have been massive lines this weekend in the key swing states of Florida and Ohio, with some voters waiting six hours or more to cast their ballot.

This is not an accident. In Ohio, after attempting to cancel weekend early voting all together, Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) drastically rolled back early voting hours.

In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8.

Here is the result:

Columbus, Ohio

columbus

(via @finneganlatimes)

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland

(via @ariberman)

Cincinatti, Ohio

Cincinnati

(via @DavidPepper)

Miami, Florida

esq-florida-early-voting-2012-xlg

(via AP)

Aventura, Florida

Aventura

(via Daily Kos)

West Palm Beach, Florida

westpalmbeach

(Via The Palm Beach Post)

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yall see this on the show?

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Originally posted by Ladybird0724 Ladybird0724 wrote:

Christie orders early voting; fax, email votes accepted

 IMAGE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Reuters By Dan Burns of Reuters

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday said he has ordered county clerks to open their offices Saturday and Sunday to allow early voting for residents affected by superstorm Sandy.

New Jersey also announced Saturday that it will allow residents displaced by Sandy to vote by email or fax.

The storm devastated the eastern part of the state, leaving at least 22 dead and more than 1 million customers still without power.

The governor also said paper ballots would be made available on Election Day, Tuesday, at polling stations that still do not have power.

He also said the state will soon have more than 11,000 utility workers on the job of restoring power. Nearly 1.3 million New Jersey electricity customers, about one third of the state, remained without power as of Saturday, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon be working with those who are likely to be long-term evacuees, many from the New Jersey shore's hard-hit barrier islands, to find temporary housing outside of emergency shelters, Christie said.

In a press briefing from the town of Little Ferry, the governor also said he has ordered the natural gas systems shut off on many of the barrier islands hit by the storm because of the fire hazard they pose.

Meanwhile, officials announced that registered voters can vote electronically. A resident must submit a mail-in ballot application by fax or email to the local county clerk.

When the request is received, a ballot will be emailed or faxed back. Ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

roland martin been talkin bout how there are a lot of voting scams & this sounds like one of them.  it could be valid tho, but these republicans are sheisty as fucc
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why they put that hair on him at the end Cry
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NJ is not a swing state, neither is NY...but FL smdh


Miami-Dade to resume in-person absentee voting after temporarily shutting it down

 
 

Miami-Dade will re-open the doors of its Doral elections headquarters, after temporarily locking its doors because it was overwhelmed with people wanting to cast absentee ballots in person.


BY PATRICIA MAZZEI, AMY SHERMAN AND KATHLEEN MCGRORY

PMAZZEI@MIAMIHERALD.COM

An attempt by the Miami-Dade elections department to let more people vote early Sunday devolved into chaos after the department was overwhelmed with voters.

The department locked its doors about an hour into the four-hour operation without explanation, then said it would resume allowing voters to request and cast absentee ballots in person. Miami-Dade had opened its Doral headquarters from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as a work-around to a provision in state law that eliminated early voting the Sunday before Election Day.

Anyone in line by 5 p.m. at the Doral elections headquarters at 2700 NW 87th Ave. will be allowed to vote, department spokeswoman Christina White said at 3 p.m. The department brought in a second ballot printer and more staffers to re-open.

Shortly before the temporary shutdown an hour earlier, the department had said it would not be able to accommodate more than the around 180 voters who were in line by 2 p.m. Then the office shut its doors, and people in line started shouting, “Let us vote!”

Some voters who had parked in a lot across the street saw their cars getting towed.

“This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”

“My beautiful Sunshine State,” she lamented. “They’re not letting people vote.”

When it opened its doors, the department had only one ballot-printing machine, five voting booths and two staffers to assist voters. The office said it was overwhelmed by voters.

“We had the best of intentions to provide this service today,” White had said. “We just can’t accommodate it to the degree that we would like to.”

Miami-Dade had announced Sunday morning that it would allow voters to request, fill out and turn in absentee ballots on the spot for four hours in the afternoon after the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the wee hours seeking to somehow extend voting in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties before Election Day.

State law allows elections supervisors to accept in-person absentee ballots through 7 p.m. Tuesday — including Sunday, at the elections supervisor’s discretion. Miami-Dade had planned to open Sunday only for voters to drop off absentee ballots.

Broward, which had not initially followed suit, said early Sunday afternoon it would also try to accommodate voters — but they would have to wait until voters who made appointments cast their ballots first.

But possibly because the county did not announce that possibility, there were no voters in line at about 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lauderhill satellite office located at 1501 NW 40th Ave. Poll workers said they had assisted voters who had appointments to pick up their ballots as well as voters who had dropped by without an appointment to fill out a ballot.

Broward is accepting new appointment requests for Monday at 954-712-1964 and 954-712-1974.

The Palm Beach elections supervisor announced Sunday morning that the county would also allow in-person absentee voting. So did two counties in the Tampa Bay area, Pinellas and Hillsborough.

Voters across the state can request and cast absentee ballots in person Monday.

The Democrats’ lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, argues that an emergency judge’s order is necessary to “extend voting opportunities” before Tuesday in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, including allowing voters to cast absentee ballots in person at supervisor of elections’ offices.

The three counties combined have nearly 1.6 million registered Democratic voters, who represent about 32 percent of all the state’s registered Democrats, according to state voter rolls. The Palm Beach elections supervisor announced Sunday morning that the county would also allow in-person absentee voting.

It’s unclear exactly what more a court could do, two days before Election Day. The lawsuit does not ask U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz to re-open all early-voting sites.

An attorney for the Miami-Dade elections supervisor filed a motion Sunday morning saying the lawsuit is moot to the county because it would allow for in-person absentee voting Sunday afternoon.

According to the lawsuit, “inadequate polling facilities” in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach led to lines in some cases between six and seven hours long — longer than elsewhere in the state, the lawsuit says. Voters in line when the polls closed at 7 p.m. were allowed to vote; Miami-Dade checked in its last voter at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

“The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether,” the lawsuit says. “These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote.”

The lawsuit cites requests made to Republican Gov. Rick Scott to extend voting hours by executive authority. Scott said Thursday night he would not extend the hours, following requests from Democrats and Democratic-leaning groups.

On Friday, Monroe County Elections Supervisor Harry Sawyer Jr., a Republican, sent the governor a letter asking for more hours. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner responded that the reports he was receiving from elections supervisors across the state were positive about early voting.

Scott signed a law last year reducing the number of early-voting days to eight from 14 and eliminating voting on the Sunday before Election Day, which Democrats used to turn out supporters in 2008. The new law guarantees one Sunday of early voting.

The number of maximum hours offered stayed the same on the books, but four years ago, then-Gov. Charlie Crist effectively extended early voting by another 24 hours.

The lawsuit sues Detzner, along with three elections supervisors: Penelope Townsley of Miami-Dade, Brenda Snipes of Broward and Susan Bucher of Palm Beach. The Florida Democratic Party has hired some big-name attorneys: Kendall Coffey, Michael Olin, Bruce Rogow and Seth Miles.

In a statement, party chairman Rod Smith blamed the GOP-controlled Legislature for passing the law reducing the number of early-voting days.

“Because of Gov. Scott’s refusal to follow precedent and extend early voting hours in the face of unprecedented voter turnout in South Florida, we are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote,” Smith said.

Separately, the party sued in Orlando circuit court asking to extend early-voting hours in that county after a bomb scare temporarily closed an early-voting site. Sunday morning, a judge ruled that the Winter Park early-voting site should open Sunday, the Associated Press reported.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/04/v-fullstory/3081614/florida-democratic-party-files.html#storylink=cpy



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bunny, it's official. i got the article off of msn and read it on a couple of other websites, like the WSJ website and Huff.Post website before I posted just to make sure.

you're right though, there are so many scams out there that you can't be too careful.
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florida is ridiculous. after this election, they need to revamp the way that it handles elections...i thought that last election was bad, and then the 2000 election had problems as well. this is not fair to the voters at all.

eta: "When it opened its doors, the department had only one ballot-printing machine, five voting booths and two staffers to assist voters. The office said it was overwhelmed by voters."

really??? you thought that this would be adequate?? Angry


Edited by Ladybird0724 - Nov 04 2012 at 3:55pm
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