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Monday, November 5, 2012

Early Voting Chaos In Florida

Myrna Peralta, left, and other voters react after the elections office in Miami-Dade County reopened its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla. on Sunday. The doors were closed after election officials were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd Sunday. (Alan Diaz/AP)

Voters are casting absentee ballots in person in Florida today, but there was chaos at the election headquarters in Miama-Dade on Sunday.

Election officials were overwhelmed with the number of people who wanted to cast their ballots before tomorrow’s elections. The officials decided to shut down the main office, but doors were reopened after voters protested and demanded to exercise their right to vote.

Are we seeing a repeat of the problems that pushed the results of the 2000 presidential election in Florida all the way to the Supreme Court?

Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo says so many people have already voted in Florida that polling places may be deserted on election day.

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  • Cindycb

    Hello, yes, we understand you have an “Election Day” and you think that one day will be so easy when early voting over the eight days has been such a complete mess!

  • burroak

    Racking my brain to get around all the news stories of voter supression; why this mess? Canada does not have voter supression and problems. We call our nation the greatest on earth, yet one of our basic foundational components is weak, spoiled and rotting. And what images does this project to the world? We go to other countries advocating democracy, but we cant even vote. I wonder how the Egyptians view this American-made fiasco. It is an embarassment, and, in the 21 century should not even exist.  Eagerly anticipating reading the many books written about this disgusting dysfunction.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

      Calling ourselves the greatest, and actually being the greatest, are two entirely different things.  Sounds like you woke up and realized the truth.  I woke up about 10 years ago… 

      • burroak

        Thanks for the email, I should clarify that when I wrote that, I am eluding to a common folk notion, however, the more you are educated on our country’s 3-century-plus history, you realize depending on the paths it takes, has the potential to be great. Thanks again.

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