By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
As Rick Scott’s bid to win the governor’s race hung in the balance, once again Floridians were forced to wait on results from the recalcitrant Palm Beach County’s voting system. “I don’t want to hear the word chad!” an angry Scott supporter told other up-all-night volunteers at the morning after coffee bar at the Ft. Lauderdale hotel marina. Men at one round table resorted to bandying about percentages needed to avoid a mandated recount. A Scott staffer seated at another table with her young daughter just gave a weary stare when asked, “When will we know?” Her very slight gesture mirrored generalized helplessness in the face of yet another possible vote count debacle from a losing Democrat.
Alex Sink’s concession speech delivered Wednesday morning ended the drama, but not the questions of why we should have been forced to wait in the first place.
Please tell me why one of the country’s wealthiest counties located in the staunchly Democrat Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach triangle once again can’t get its act together. Local TV anchors did a redux of the 2,000 Bush/Gore vote count disaster as their cameramen zoomed in on challenged hand count ballots. PB ballots still require voters to draw lines to their choices when most other Florida counties have switched to the fill in the dot ballots.
Substantial quantities of ballots crossed out, redrawn, and altered by “white out” forced a three person team of a Republican, a Democrat, and a county election official to deem voter intent, one ballot at a time, hour by hour. Radio station news reporters told listeners in the future not to use cigarette butts to change their votes on absentee ballots.
When PB election supervisor Susan Bucher, a former Democrat State Senator, looked into the camera and asked viewers what all the fuss was about, you had to wonder where her head was. She said there is no way she’ll have time to review a new modem system for electronically transmitting election results to headquarters until next March! “I have 16 elections between now and then,” she said. Most other counties now use this modem system with ease, while tony Palm Beach still drives in ballots. It’s easier to eh “recount” under the current system one would imagine.
Give me a break. Hanging chads. Butterfly ballots. Dangling chads. Pregnant chads. Lawyer queues. Ballots in bins. The cry of “Palm Beach is still out.” Is this bureaucratic meltdown by subtle liberal design or what?
Final thought: Since Alex Sink is Bill McBride’s wife and McBride lost in his attempt to unseat Jeb Bush as governor of Florida, Sink and McBride are probably the first and only married couple ever to both share in the distinction of failing in an attempt to be elected governor of the same state.
This day in history November 7
1916: Four years before she could vote for herself because women were not allowed to vote, Republican Jeannette Rankin was elected as the first woman go to Washington as a Congresswomen. Rankin was the only House member not to fall for Democrat Woodrow Wilson’s lies about why America should go into World War I.
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