It’s been four long days since polls closed. A Saturday noon deadline for Florida counties to provide the state with unofficial vote tallies passed with no new numbers.
Voting rights advocates are fuming about a change to what they say is an election night “best practices procedure.” The issue is only in Miami-Dade as far as CBS4 Investigates can tell.
More than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by absentee ballot in the past month, which amounts to regular-season play in the contact sport of Florida politics.
With ten days left and forecasters calling for a potentially historic storm to strike the East Coast, President Obama and Mitt Romney are launching an adjusted sprint to the finish line.
Early voting in Florida is set to start Saturday, but already nearly 10 percent of the state has cast a vote through absentee balloting, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Historically speaking, a high turnout for absentee ballots has favored the Republican Party. This year, while Republicans are enjoying a lead, Democrats have started to chip away at the absentee ballot numbers and it’s generated a new emphasis on getting the vote out early.
Twelve years ago, Palm Beach County was at the epicenter of the 2000 Presidential election meltdown over hanging and pregnant chads. Now as CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen tells us, Palm Beach County was again at the center of another election embarrassment in March.
“Load ‘em up, move ‘em out” was the order of the morning for Broward’s Supervisor of Elections.
While the nation has been mashing its teeth over voter suppression laws… CBS4 investigates has been examining the actual voting systems that will be used to cast and count your ballots on November 6th.
Florida is sure to be a pivotal state, but have we shaken the ghosts of the 2000 presidential election?
One look at Miami-Dade’s ballot and everything seems normal. Look closer, though, and you will notice it is double-sided and goes on and on…and on.