Skip to comments.Exclusive Breaking: 1,100 Florida Voters Disenfranchised Today
Posted on 08/14/2012 12:08:53 PM PDT by smoothsailing
August 14, 2012
Election Law Center has learned that 1,100 Florida voters will not be able to participate in today's state primary because of snafus by the government. 300 absentee voters in Martin County (FL) and 800 in Indian River County (FL) did not receive their requested absentee ballots in time to participate in today's important primary election because the United States Post Office treated the bulk absentee ballot mailings as third class mail. The ballots were deposited by Martin and Indian River County election officials with the United States Post Office nearly three weeks ago, but the USPS office in Jacksonville treated the absentee ballot mailings as third class mail.
Some of the voters just today received their absentee ballots by mail, and today is the day of the election. According to attorneys knowledgeable with Florida election law, these ballots may not be faxed, emailed or otherwise returned electronically. That means 1,100 voters who sought to participate in the election will not be allowed to participate.
Who is running? There are primaries for United States Senate, Alan West vs. Robert Crowder, State House, County Commissioner, Sheriff, School Supervisors, and other Congressional offices. Examine a sample ballot here.
Yes, Martin County is Republican. But since today they are holding primary, not general, elections, I don’t think that disenfranchising Republicans will help Democrats.
Of course, maybe they’re trying to disenfranchise voters who would be more likely to vote for Allen West for Congress, but given that West’s opponent, Bob Crowder, is the sheriff of Martin County, and that West does not currently represent Martin County, it seems like an odd choice if one wanted to hurt West.
So I think that plain-vanilla incompetence, not electoral chicanery, is to blame here.
Could well be, and most likely targeted at Allen West today.
That doesn’t do a deployed soldier any good.
It is impossible to predict the outcome of this. It is good to put people on alert for November however. So lets go all Pollyanna here and turn those lemons into lemonade.
What about military ballots?
See post #20, Allen West is clearly on the ballot in Martin County.
If they can get them filled out and drop them off at the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 PM they will be accepted.
What the hell is wrong with Florida? It’s like a third world country within our borders. C’mon Floridians get it together. You obviously have the wrong people in your city clerk positions.
Amazing. I’m sure this will be a national outrage that Holder will investigate. /s
Hey Joe, have you heard anything locally about this?
I understand that the Allan West competitor is being funded by some arm of the DNC National organization...that is what I heard....
No, not a peep.
This makes me sad.
Someone needs to get hauled in front of Congress to explain this. .
He should be busted and made to go back walking a dog-ridden route in his little Bermuda shorts and pith helmet.