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  •  Florida had a dual problem. (5+ / 0-)

    They didn't have enough early voting locations or days, and their ballot was ten pages long in some counties.

    •  And no doubt too few functioning machines (2+ / 0-)
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      in all the heavily Dem precincts.

      As well as interruptions from voter challenges on line.

      Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

      by Words In Action on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:07:39 AM PST

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    •  10 pages!? (1+ / 0-)
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      "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

      by blueoregon on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:13:43 PM PST

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      •  It was 10 pages because of 3 languages (0+ / 0-)

        In south Florida we have to print the ballots in English, Spanish & Creole / French.  Not sure why - if you're a citizen you're supposed to know English (although there are exceptions for people 55 and older).  

        My mom had a 5 page ballot, Marion County.  Hers was only in English and she only had 1 local race for sheriff (which was a debacle by itself, something about the people on the ballot were disqualified, so you had to vote for people who were not on the ballot by voting for somebody who was on the ballot as your intention to vote for whoever took their place on the ballot.  Jeez, that almost makes sense even though it doesn't).  They had 1 bond issue, too.  

        Down in So Fla we had sheriffs, mayors, bond issues, the pets' trust, county commissioners...

        The 10 constitutional amendments had to be fully printed as the summaries that we usually have on the ballot and which were submitted for review were deemed unacceptable, confusing, misleading, so they printed the whole thing - which didn't help to clarify exactly what the hell you were voting for unless you were a constitutional or tax lawyer.  

        Nobody knows if yes really means no.  Vote yes to reject, vote no to accept?  Stupidest ballot language ever.  Thanks to the Miami Herald for breaking them down into English and explaining that the "religious freedom" thing really meant letting churches apply to the state for funds - uh, no, not unless they want to start paying taxes!!!!

        I actually took a picture of my absentee ballot pages before I turned them in, just so I could show my grand kids someday... Maybe I'll upload it to photobucket and do a picture diary so non-Floridians can understand what the heck took so long for us to vote.  

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 04:14:38 PM PST

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