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Long voting lines in Miami(Warning to voters)
www.wbay.com ^ | 11/01/04 | wbay.com

Posted on 11/01/2004 1:40:58 PM PST by MiamiChef

MIAMI People broke out lawn furniture and reading material as they got in very long lines on the last day of early voting in Miami.

About 500 people stood in the sweltering sun at the Miami-Dade County elections department, where the wait at midday was more than two hours to cast a ballot.

One person says Floridians are used to it -- saying it's like standing in line at Disney World. Others said they simply wanted their ballot to count, fearing a repeat of election problems four years ago.

Early voting ends at three p-m in Miami, but anyone on line at that time will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Elections officials say about one-third of the county's one (M) million voters will have voted early -- either by going to a polling place or voting by absentee ballot.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: battleground; earlyvote; earlyvoting; miami
Many people wearing Kerry pins were leaving the line before getting to the booth, we can't afford to do this!!! Florida is a must, it is pivotal, so stick around end get your vote in...
1 posted on 11/01/2004 1:40:59 PM PST by MiamiChef
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To: MiamiChef

I was wondering if all the normal polling places are open in early voting, or just certain places.


2 posted on 11/01/2004 1:43:49 PM PST by jackdude
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To: MiamiChef

I hope many wearing Kerry pins leave and decide not to bother voting.


3 posted on 11/01/2004 1:46:35 PM PST by MisterRepublican
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To: jackdude

I believe it is only certain places. We will not see lines like these tomorrow, when regular polling places are operating.


4 posted on 11/01/2004 1:47:28 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (http://www.drunkenbuffoonery.com/mboards/)
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To: MiamiChef

Why is it bad if Kerry voters don't vote?


5 posted on 11/01/2004 1:48:35 PM PST by Politicalmom ( Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but they're not entitled to their own facts -D. Rumsfeld)
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To: MisterRepublican
"I hope many wearing Kerry pins leave and decide not to bother voting."

I wonder how many of them are there to actually vote? Maybe they have artificially made the line long to discourage Bush voters.

6 posted on 11/01/2004 1:48:39 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: Lunatic Fringe

yeah, there are only a few early voting places, so the lines have been very long.


7 posted on 11/01/2004 1:49:42 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: jackdude

No, they are not. In Dade county, only 14 places are open for early voting. Thus the long lines.


8 posted on 11/01/2004 1:51:48 PM PST by David1
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To: CatOwner
I wonder how many of them are there to actually vote? Maybe they have artificially made the line long to discourage Bush voters

They are just evil enough to do that, sick as it sounds.

I would crawl on broken glass to vote, but I already did, whew.

9 posted on 11/01/2004 1:52:05 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: jackdude
I was wondering if all the normal polling places are open in early voting, or just certain places.

Just a very few places.

10 posted on 11/01/2004 1:53:18 PM PST by js1138 (D*mn, I Missed!)
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To: jackdude

Just certain places.
Wife and I voted Thursday, took 2 hours to get through the line.


11 posted on 11/01/2004 1:54:10 PM PST by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: jackdude

In our county in Florida, there are only 9 polling places open for 600,000 voters.

On the other hand, we have about 400 precincts and polling places.


12 posted on 11/01/2004 1:56:15 PM PST by dawn53
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To: dawn53

Miamian here. A LOT of people I am talking to are voting Tuesday. Get ready.


13 posted on 11/01/2004 2:00:08 PM PST by FreeManWhoCan ("Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mister Baredog
I would crawl on broken glass to vote, but I already did, whew.

LOL did it hurt?

14 posted on 11/01/2004 2:00:35 PM PST by Marak
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To: MisterRepublican

Maybe the crack wore off, so they had to go get more


15 posted on 11/01/2004 2:01:26 PM PST by william clark
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To: MiamiChef

hmmmm, spread the word that INS will be monitoring the polling places.... the lines will surely thin out....


16 posted on 11/01/2004 2:05:37 PM PST by mrsjones
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To: MiamiChef

My wife and I plan to get to our polling place at 6:00am sharp tomorrow.


17 posted on 11/01/2004 2:07:06 PM PST by COBOL2Java (If this isn't the End Times it certainly is a reasonable facsimile...)
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To: jackdude

As an example in my area on election day we have a polling place every 15-20 blocks. Early voting the whole city of 30,000 has one place open.


18 posted on 11/01/2004 2:07:17 PM PST by snooker (Bush 2004 --- stay with the strong horse)
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To: mrsjones
All someone would have to do is yell La Migra!! and see how many voters scatter...
19 posted on 11/01/2004 2:07:55 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla

LOL! will try here in LA!


20 posted on 11/01/2004 2:09:16 PM PST by mrsjones
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To: snooker
on election day we have a polling place every 15-20 blocks

Us, too. Most of the people dropping off their children at the local elementary school (my poll) can't vote there. We have polls *everywhere*.

21 posted on 11/01/2004 2:09:43 PM PST by Tax-chick (I have an inflammatory, divisive, elitist, uber-right-wing, hillbilly political agenda.)
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To: MiamiChef

I pity the person wearing anything Kerry that steps into the polling place where I am watching.

That's called electioneering and it is not allowed.


22 posted on 11/01/2004 2:10:41 PM PST by MissouriConservative (BUSH: "Let's Roll" - KERRY: "Let's Roll Over")
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To: Marak
LOL did it hurt?

Financially yes, I had to spring for a $.37 stamp.

23 posted on 11/01/2004 2:13:28 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: MiamiChef

It's terrible in FL. My son lives in Jupiter and has waited in line a couple of times only to have to leave before he was able to vote. Tomorrow he says he will wait until the bitter end if he has to. Why do they have so many problems? Sounds like they need to open up more polling places!


24 posted on 11/01/2004 2:13:48 PM PST by Cricket24 (Kerry & his war protestor friends were not the Majority.)
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To: MiamiChef

From your post: "Many people wearing Kerry pins were leaving the line before getting to the booth, we can't afford to do this!!! Florida is a must, it is pivotal, so stick around end get your vote in..."

Is that what you meant to say - ? What am I missing - or is this a put down on them -


just wondering -


25 posted on 11/01/2004 2:15:09 PM PST by Pastnowfuturealpha
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To: MiamiChef

Please explain how "early voting" works. I thought that tomorrow was election day. Why do some people get to vote early?


26 posted on 11/01/2004 2:16:36 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: MiamiChef

Imagine if they passed out free flu shots to those who got into line to vote. The line would run the length of the state.


27 posted on 11/01/2004 2:27:35 PM PST by graycamel
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To: MiamiChef
Many people wearing Kerry pins were leaving the line before getting to the booth, we can't afford to do this!!!

I hope you didn't mean this the way it sounds.

28 posted on 11/01/2004 2:29:45 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Politicalmom

"Why is it bad if Kerry voters don't vote?"





You gotta be kidding RIGHT?


29 posted on 11/01/2004 2:30:26 PM PST by RedMonqey (Keep RIGHT or get LEFT behind!!)
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To: mewzilla

People that worry about "La Migra" cannot vote anyways. Miami doesn't have the kind of problems that Califonia has.


30 posted on 11/01/2004 2:31:50 PM PST by MiamiChef (Miami is beautiful, and close to the United States!)
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To: Pastnowfuturealpha

Us Republicans can't afford to walk away and not vote.


31 posted on 11/01/2004 2:35:24 PM PST by MiamiChef (Miami is beautiful, and close to the United States!)
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To: Pastnowfuturealpha

Us Republicans can't afford to walk away and not vote.


32 posted on 11/01/2004 2:36:39 PM PST by MiamiChef (Miami is beautiful, and close to the United States!)
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To: mewzilla

Actually, you would be more effective if you yelled out the word for INS in Haitian Creole.


33 posted on 11/01/2004 2:37:46 PM PST by Clemenza (AKA The Avenging Disco Godfather)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
We will not see lines like these tomorrow, when regular polling places are operating.

I hope not. I have visions of the Dems rounding up crowds of folks and clogging the polling places with provisional-ballot-casters.

34 posted on 11/01/2004 2:38:38 PM PST by Otta B Sleepin (Every time that panicky feeling washes over me, I'm regarding it as a prompt to PRAY!)
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To: MiamiChef

this is why lazy people stopped voting in the first place...

there will be all kinds of stories of long lines closing on people with the computerized ballots, because they take longer to do than paper ones. I think California will have a big problem too, with all those races and propositions.


35 posted on 11/01/2004 2:38:56 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: MiamiChef

Okay -

You should have said that in the first statement - because the way you worded it - went the other direction -

Thanks for answering -



Cheers -


36 posted on 11/01/2004 2:39:21 PM PST by Pastnowfuturealpha
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Some states allow you vote for a period of time before election day. Same ballot, rules, and procedure, just early. I early voted several days ago in Texas after a 10 minute wait in line.


37 posted on 11/01/2004 2:40:01 PM PST by Reagan is King (The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.)
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To: CatOwner

this may be their 2nd or 3rd time voting anyway so it's not as important to stay in line.


38 posted on 11/01/2004 2:40:13 PM PST by zwerni (media bias?... what bias?)
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To: MiamiChef
Many people wearing Kerry pins were leaving the line before getting to the booth, we can't afford to do this!!!

Huh?! Am I missing something? We want Kerry voters to get discouraged and not vote.

39 posted on 11/01/2004 2:41:29 PM PST by Wolfstar (America's enemies, both here and overseas, just love John Kerry.)
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To: snooker
Early voting the whole city of 30,000 has one place open.

This thread and info such as yours are making me feel a whole lot better. I was worried about scenes like this:


40 posted on 11/01/2004 2:44:16 PM PST by Wolfstar (America's enemies, both here and overseas, just love John Kerry.)
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To: RedMonqey

Uh, no. Every Kerry voter that doesn't vote is good for us.


41 posted on 11/01/2004 2:46:08 PM PST by Politicalmom ( Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but they're not entitled to their own facts -D. Rumsfeld)
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To: MiamiChef

I can't tell from the article what the last day of early voting was? Was if Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?


42 posted on 11/01/2004 3:02:27 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: Mister Baredog

They've been doing it all along. Look for them to try the same tactic tomorrow at every polling place.


43 posted on 11/01/2004 3:14:51 PM PST by DonnerT (Terrorists,,,Kerrorists, what's the difference?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe; jackdude
I believe it is only certain places. We will not see lines like these tomorrow, when regular polling places are operating.

The Florida legislature should require more early voting sites, and they should require that some of them be located in areas with high Republican turnout. They also should separate out the restrictions on electioneering from the legislation enabling early voting. The restrictions on electioneering should apply to all elections (general, local, special district, etc.) regardless of when and where the voting takes place. Electioneering should be prohibited within 150 feet of the polling place or 150 feet from any portion of the line whichever measurement is longer.

44 posted on 11/01/2004 3:30:50 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: Wolfstar
I voted early they had 8 voting booth set up. Normally a polling place I go to has 20 or so on election day.

I wouldn't worry about the lines. It gives a very distorted view. A few hundred people in line is nothing when you consider in FL there were millions of voters last election. The line also moved painfully slow because of the low number of machines. Early voting makes no sense.
45 posted on 11/01/2004 4:05:33 PM PST by snooker (Bush 2004 --- stay with the strong horse)
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To: Reagan is King

Do they wait until "Election" day to talley the votes?


46 posted on 11/01/2004 4:46:56 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

YES


47 posted on 11/01/2004 5:26:07 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: MiamiChef
One person says Floridians are used to it -- saying it's like standing in line at Disney World.
Not only was I there to vote, today, but I was a few places in the line ahead of the woman who made this joke, which caused everyone nearby to chuckle.

There were only two polling places open, today (Who the hell thought that was a good idea?), so it was INSANE, today! I got there shortly before 11am to vote, and didn't walk out until SIX PM! I spent SEVEN HOURS WAITING IN LINE! And SIX of those hours were spent on my feet. You want to see Broken Glass Republicans? I'm ONE of them!

Incidentally, the liberals are damn near berserk. They actually had a guy there going around singing a song with the following stanza:

"US troops smoking their tabacci,
While murdering and raping innocent Iraqis".

Fortunately a Republican in the line (A guy in his late-50's, whereas the "musician" was early-30's), there, got out of line and got in the punks face. Almost thought someone was going to throw a punch. Insane.
48 posted on 11/01/2004 5:36:55 PM PST by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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To: MiamiChef
All of the people I saw leaving were Kerry people.

Who the hell would stand in line for 3 hours to vote for him?

My wifes girlfriend has 2 Kerry bumper stickers on her car and even she left after waiting for 3 hours, only to find that from that point the wait was another hour and a half.

I'd stand in line for 12 hours if I had to, but the wait tomorrow at any precinct shouldn't be more than an hour at most.

49 posted on 11/01/2004 5:42:00 PM PST by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!)
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To: Politicalmom

My bad (comprehension)


50 posted on 11/01/2004 8:54:21 PM PST by RedMonqey (Keep RIGHT or get LEFT behind!!)
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