Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Early Voting

From the Miami Herald:

Early voters crowded precincts across Florida on Monday, but long waits in Miami-Dade County, computer glitches in Broward County and other problems raised more concerns about the Nov. 2 presidential election in the Sunshine State.

Miami-Dade elections officials reported no significant problems as thousands of people reported to 20 polling sites on the first day of the early voting program. A watchdog group said some waits of more than three hours forced some people to give up.


“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Marjorie Jacobs, 90, of Hallandale Beach, who went home after waiting 2 ½ hours in vain. “I’m coming back and voting on Election Day.”

Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said the county’s electronic voting machines worked well and that there was no connection between the malfunction and the machines.

Computerized verification was restored at most places by midafternoon, though clerks at Oakland Park had to confirm voter IDs by phone until nearly 6 p.m.

Early voting, introduced in Florida after the troubled 2000 election, gives voters 15 days to cast ballots at several locations in their counties.

If we don’t get it right this time, we’re going to get the Afghanistanis to come in here and run the elections.