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View Diary: FL Early Voting in Polk County - House Race Omitted (I didn't cast my ballot yesterday) (62 comments)

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  •  While it's stupid that he didn't even get placed (2+ / 0-)
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    on the ballot, I believe this is the answer as to why.

    In some states even write-in candidates must be pre-cleared and qualified to run by the state board of the elections in order for a vote for the write-in to count (aka a write-in for a non-qualified write-in candidate would NOT count). Since there was literally nobody qualified to run against him (since nobody applied to be a write-in candidate) he automatically wins. Florida, stupidly, probably has some law that states that the office doesn't even show up on the ballot if this happens.

    What the law should be is that his name appears on the ballot, but there should be no other candidates running against him (even write in-s). You should be allowed to at least abstain from voting from (or if you were a Republican) to voting for him. Not having even a nominal election for YOUR representative is outrageous. Unfortunately/fortunately, this looks the stupidity of Florida's election law, not an attempt to disenfranchise you.

    •  That's a reasonable hypothesis (1+ / 0-)
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      but at this point it is an unproven hypothesis.  

      And the competing hypothesis -- that his name and a writein slot MUST appear  on the ballot, but failed to due to egregious error on the part of the Bureau of Elections, with possible significant consequences -- is still very much in the running.

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      by lgmcp on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 03:26:08 PM PDT

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    •  From the FLA. federal qualifying Handbook (6+ / 0-)
      Write-in Candidates:
      DS-DE 27A, Federal Office Loyalty Oath and Oath of Candidate for Write-in Candidates.
      A write-in candidate is not entitled to have his or her name printed on any ballot; however, a space for the write-in candidate’s name to be written in shall be provided on the general election ballot. A write-in candidate is not required to pay a qualifying fee, election assessment or party assessment, or file petitions.
      (Section 99.061, Fla. Stat.)
      So it looks that they should have at least listed the race with a line for a write in

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      by Belidonk on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 03:27:09 PM PDT

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    •  I totally agree with your last statement (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't perceive this as an effort to disenfranchise me - I viewed it as absurd that no one could explain to me why this race did not appear.

      I tend to agree when you said I should at least have the option to NOT vote for the man.

      My gripe mainly isn't so much that this clown will win election, but that the folks running this election had no idea why he's already won/I have no rep/it's not time to elect him/redistricting/because.  More an exercise in detailing the ludicrous crap I was told.

      If the Polk County folks could have explained the situation, I'd very likely have gone ahead and cast my ballot - I mean, the guy is gonna win.  I wouldn't have to wait in line again (though I am happy to do so in order to help re-elect our President) and fill out the silly long ballot again.

      I got a very bad feeling when the people running this show couldn't explain what was going on (and in many cases were flat out factually wrong).  As of yesterday afternoon, I simply didn't trust them.

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