Florida Still Has No Presidential Winner As Miami Counts Thousands More Absentee Ballots UPDATE

Categories: Politicks
Election Day chaos at the polls in downtown Miami.
It shouldn't be this hard. Really! Voters fill in a little bubble showing who they'd like for president. Elections machines tally them up. And whichever guy gets the most votes wins the state. Everywhere else in America, this simple process works just fine.

But this is Miami, where two days after the election, we still haven't finished counting. And as a result, Florida still hasn't declared a presidential winner.

Update: Miami-Dade has finished counting its ballots! It only took 41 hours after the elections. 883,889 people voted, a new Miami record, according to CBS Miami. Florida still can't finalize a winner, however, because Palm Beach and Broward are still counting absentees.

When will they finally be tallied and a winner declared? Today, maybe. But don't hold your breath.

Statewide, Obama's still holding onto a 45,000-vote lead among 8.3 million votes cast -- a margin that could spark a recount depending on Miami's results.

Miami's elections officials are still blaming the crazy delay on a flood of absentee ballots mailed and delivered before Tuesday's 7 p.m. voting deadline.

The same basic problem that led to voting lines as long as seven hours on Tuesday -- an absurdly long ballot special engineered by Tally's Republican legislature to depress turnout -- is now screwing over absentee ballot counters.

"We have to do signature verification, we have to open those ballots and tabulate them," Christina White, Miami-Dade's deputy supervisor of elections, tells the Miami Herald.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez sent out a press release hilariously insisting that the long wait for a result is "in no way representative of any issues or delays, but a matter of unprecedented volume."

Hey Carlos: Maybe you're dealing with that "unprecedented volume" because Gov. Rick Scott chopped early voting by a third and YOU refused to extend early voting hours. Gimenez even went so far as to shut down the election office's attempt to take absentee ballots on Sunday in a fit of pique.

So yeah, this is absolutely representative of "issues." Issues purposely caused by our elected officials hoping to score political points by keeping voters away from the polls.

In any just world, those same voters will return -- lines or not -- to kick these clowns out of office next time around.

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29 comments
Joe Matos
Joe Matos

This is just embarrassing, Someone needs to get fired for this.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

It's a good thing Florida didn't matter this time around. It would have been really embarrassing.

WHODHELWANAKNO
WHODHELWANAKNO

Dear Tim what do you get when a mayor chops thousands of jobs and cuts the salaries of the remaining employees by over 20-25%, furloughs them and eliminates holidays that employees in private sectors get paid for while preserving the executive packages and giving raises to top administrators taking in over 200K annually? Disgruntled employees who don't get paid enough to give a shit if it takes till doomsday to count ballots. Stop whining, people this is exactly what you ALL voted for

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Stop complaining. It is your people who won. The same people who run this county. You wanted "efficient", big government. Now suck it up and take your medicine.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Stop complaining.

 

It is your people who won. 

The same people who run this county.

You wanted "efficient", big government.

Now suck it up and take your medicine.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Ohhhh, ESA es otra... How come we don't have a fucking open ballot?! In order to vote for/against a candidate, one has to reside in their district! Who'd vote against the Diaz-Balarts in west Dade?!?! The only way things can be done, is following my 2 cents, posted above.

Chauncey Copeland
Chauncey Copeland

Hahahahahaha it's soooooo ridiculous and embarrassing! Another example of Rick Scott's failed agenda to eff up the voting process in Florida.

Chanelle Artiles
Chanelle Artiles

Can't wait till we can rid ourselves of Rick Scott the fraud

Jackson Lainez
Jackson Lainez

Florida politics....corrupt. How can NJ w/out full & complete power have their votes tallied & incompetent FL is still counting. C'mon! Fire Rick Scott & in 2 years lets vote against some of these state senators & state representatives. It's our only hope. Now that Miami is trending more democratic...wait & see how they'll redistrict the city in order 4 them to take back the seats they lost.

Chanelle Artiles
Chanelle Artiles

That's what happens when you cut the early voting period nearly in half, your polls are understaffed and underequipped

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

The State can be salvaged, by: 1-). Executing Cuban politicians, not CUBANS per se, 2-). Bringing "Ol Sparky" back and broadcast executions LIVE on Sabado Gigante.

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

is is is is is is is is is is is is

Joshua Numa
Joshua Numa

So I love rick scott, but I blame him for this. We need a system overhual asap. He better make it rain student grants and force tution hikes to stop at FL universities. For some good press

July Julz
July Julz

Shame will never be lifted from this state.

elephant
elephant

 @Anthonyvop1 

 

Rick Scott won because billionaires like Adelson handed him the money to defeat Alex Sink, who should be the governor now. Thanks to the republicans we can enjoy the embarrasment.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

 @elephant 

The problem is with Miami-Dade County Election Dept.  Not on the state level.

Once again Big-Government shows how it can be efficient and responsive.

 

 

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