No One Knows Who Won Florida As Miami Tries To Count Another 20,000 Absentee Ballots

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Long lines, still no result

All around this great country, voters woke up this morning celebrating their state's support for Barack Obama or reveling in their red-state backing of Mitt Romney. In Florida, we woke up groggy, confused and more than a little pissed about the seven hours we waited in line. The presidential election is over and the Sunshine State still has no earthly idea who the hell we voted for.

Miami-Dade is the goat, of course. After an Election Day marred by outrageous lines, officials are still trying to tabulate 20,000 absentee ballots. An official result may not come in until later today -- and a recount might be in order. Thank God Florida didn't matter this time around.

"The reason we're still tabulating is because voters had until 7 p.m. to turn in absentee ballots and we got a large number in the final hours," Christina White, Miami-Dade's deputy supervisor of elections, tells Riptide.

Each of those ballots has to go through multiple steps before it's counted, with signatures verified and then votes scanned through a machine. With every ballot five pages long, that takes time.

"We're doing our best," White says. "Our staff worked through the night."

At the latest count, Obama was leading Romney 4,143,534 to 4,096,439, so it seems unlikely that Miami's late votes will change the overall outcome. If it does tighten the race, it may trigger a recount -- though Romney could waive it since the result won't ultimately matter.

What could matter, though, is the blowback from yesterday's election fiasco. There's little argument about who's to blame. Gov. Rick Scott purposely cut down early voting days to suppress turnout and the Republican legislature loaded the ballot with 11 lengthy amendments.

Dems are already promising to use the rancor over the huge lines against the unpopular governor.

"I think in his attempt to suppress the vote, I think he guaranteed himself the strongest opposition of his career," Mitch Ceasar, Broward's Democratic Party chair, tells Politico.

That means you, Charlie Crist!

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19 comments
greeneyerish
greeneyerish

Scott was already a clunker, now he sealed his fate as done

MikeO
MikeO

Sorry Florida.  You've messed up your voting so terribly by letting Republicans tamper with your systems in an attempt to suppress Democratic votes.  So now you have become irrelevant.  Nice knowing you. 

mathewpankratz
mathewpankratz

Who said anything about not counting Florida's votes?  You mean why would Romney waive a recount?  Well, how about the fact that even if by some miracle it turned out that Romney won Florida, it won't have any effect on the race.  Why would Romney, who clearly lost both the popular vote and the electoral vote encourage Florida to waste a bunch of money to not change the result of the election?

 

It's his decision, of course, but it'd be a huge waste of money.  I remember Republicans whining about all of the money Democrats were wasting on a recall election for Gov. Walker in WI.  Those people were actively using their constitutional rights to attempt to change Walker's policies.  Romney would be using his legal right without any hope of changing the election.  It might look a little better for him in the history books, but really- in 50 years who will remember Romney?  Unless he shoots Biden and attempts to make himself King of Mexico a la Aaron Burr, absolutely no one (except Ken Rudin ;))

lisa.liotti
lisa.liotti

Why wouldn't they count Floridas votes? Obama's lead was less than 500k votes. It's time we get rid of the archaic electoral college and let the popular vote decide who is President. Once again problems in Florida have tampered nthe election.

adept51
adept51

Poor Florida - what a joke. Feds probably need to step in and run their voting process for them. Ridiculous. And now after all that work, they don't even count. 

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

RUNNING ON CUBAN TIME WITH THESE ELCTIONS PA LA PINGA!!!! HJAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

grrrrrrrrrreat
grrrrrrrrrreat

rick scott is an evil albino python that must be stopped!

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Rick Scott is a tremendo douche. 4 hours to vote is ridiculous. The long lines meant that more and more people went out to vote, many of them first time voters. The election committee needs to be better prepared come 2012.

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Live Bee Removal

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Rod Alonso
Rod Alonso

Remember next time: Anybody but Rick Scott.

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