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Palm Beach Ballots Down for the Count

By Mary Pat Flaherty
They're counting again in Palm Beach County. And by later Tuesday, elections officials might be able to say who won a month-old judicial race -- or maybe not.

For the fourth time since the Aug. 26 primary, elections officials are trying to account for all of the ballots cast in a razor-thin judicial race and assure local voters that they are ready for November. Palm Beach switched to optical scan voting equipment -- in which paper ballots are read and tallied by machine -- as part of a statewide change. Sequoia Voting Systems, which provides the county's machines, has said its equipment functioned correctly, as both machine and hand recounts of ballots continue to yield different results.

About 3,500 ballots went unaccounted for between election nght and a week later when officials ran results again to determine a winner in the judge's contest. When the county totals in that review came up short, the discrepancy caused state officials to refuse to certify a winner in the judicial race.

Both another machine count and a hand count in the past several weeks resulted in still differing results but narrowed the discrepancy to 159 ballots over the weekend. The problem: Those 159 ballots were more than had been accounted for in earlier rounds. Whether the extra ballots were overlooked through human error or not read by machine counters previously is not known, but another machine count was underway late Tuesday morning with a press conference set to update the findings this afternoon.

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Look at these pictures to see all the "good" Mr. Obama did for Chicago slums(I mean developer buddies) as "Community Organizer"....

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Hey, maybe he can do the SAME TO G*D D*MN AMERICA WHILE HE'S AT IT!!


Posted by: Kevin | September 23, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't go blaming the Republicans. Here in Wisconsin it is the Democratic Governor who is opposing having to have a photo id to register. Why???? Because then the democrats can't stuff the ballot box. There are several investigations now regarding voter fraud.

Posted by: Diane | September 23, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama
NBC's "Today"
September 23, 2008

NBC's Matt Lauer: "Three minutes later in an interview with Meredith Vieira, Joe Biden, your running mate was asked the exact same question, 'should the federal government bailout AIG?' And he said, 'No, the federal government should not bailout AIG.'"

Barack Obama: "I think that in that situation, I think Joe should have waited as well."

Lauer: "But it's the kind of thing that drives people crazy about politics. Sounds like you were trying to score some political points against John McCain using his words, when your own running mate had used very similar words."

Posted by: scott | September 23, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

With any luck, global warming will turn Florida into an expanded Everglades and solve Florida problem once and for all. In the mean time how about a slow and careful public hand count. No machines, no computers..nice and slow =, and get it right!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Most in the media have a basic misunderstanding of civics and the structure and responsibilities of elected offices in Florida. The LOCALLY elected Supervisors of Elections have direct responsibility for elections in thier counties. They determine the details and structure of the ballot. They select the voting locations. They hire the workers. In Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties,these have ALL been Democrat Supervisors of Election.

The Sec. Of State processes and validates what the LOCAL Supervisors of Election submit.

For the dimwits to continually miss that the Sec of State does not create the ballot and handle the other details of the elections within the counties is a travisty and evidence of a complet lack of journalistic integrity.

These are DEMOCRATS that are designing ballots and running elections that voters are not able to understand. Do some basic research and you will find that 99% of the media is utterly clueless about elections and election law in Florida.

Posted by: Lewis | September 23, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Any state that turned their elections over to Kathleen Harris cannot possibly expect to be taken seriously

Posted by: Politicus | September 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

In 2006 Florida had a glitch where 30,000 extra votes mysteriously appeared for a Republican congressional candidate...and they certified the results!

If that is obvious voter fraud than I dont know what is. It has been obvious since 2000 that the Florida elections board is dirty as they come. Republicans are stuffing the ballot box and they have the whole state government to help them cover up.

Posted by: Rick W | September 23, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And this is with optical scanners, which leae a paper trail. Just imagine what's going to happen in the general election nationwide, when most of the voting is done on electronic voting machines that do not leave a paper trail...

Funny how these things work out -- or not.

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 23, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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