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Analysis: 201,000 in Florida
didn´t vote because of long lines

Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Scott Powers & David Damron

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/24/2013 3:45:41 PM

The long Election Day lines around Florida may have turned away more than 200,000 frustrated would-be voters who gave up and went home before they cast ballots — or else saw the lines and elected not to join them. Analyzing data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, Ohio State University professor Theodore Allen estimated last week that at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on research Allen has been doing on voter behavior. His preliminary conclusion was based on the Sentinel´s analysis of voter patterns and precinct-closing times in Florida´s 25 largest counties,

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There is plenty of sweet tea to give the voters in line. To the Tea Party, why not spend money on buses, SUV´s? The point is here and anywhere, get them to the poles. Don´t let the goons win. You HAVE time to plan and fix this.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 1/24/2013 4:00:21 PM     (No. 9137115)

In one county the ballot was three pages long. My friend waited out the three hours but said it was too hot for elderly people to stay in line.

FloriDUH again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 1/24/2013 4:11:05 PM     (No. 9137140)

Doesn´t Florida have early voting for at least 3 weeks? Don´t tell me that if someone really wanted to vote that they couldn´t do it. This OSU professor is just guessing.

For heaven´s sake, we would be free of alot of the voter fraud if everyone had to show up on election day and got a purple finger after voting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: right-turn, 1/24/2013 4:11:21 PM     (No. 9137141)

Do not include Polk county in this mess. Note that the long lines were in heavy with dems. Note also that the number of Amendments to be voted on were ridiculous. It seems the nuts in the legislature went overboard trying to make a name for themselves. Only a couple of them passed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: john56, 1/24/2013 4:54:43 PM     (No. 9137238)

Obviously not a problem in that county in Allan West´s old district where they turned out something like 157% of registered voters.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951, 1/24/2013 5:53:36 PM     (No. 9137379)

With so many people working weird hours would it be out of the question to actually have the polls open for 24 hours? And I am not a big fan of early voting when it is weeks in advance. Maybe a week (I did vote early but it was just a few days early). There are people in the population who simply cannot stand in line for hours. I fell a few years ago and have never been the same. With nerve damage in my back that shoots down my leg it is impossible for me to stand for much more than 20 minutes or so. I can understand why some would just say the hell with it. With all the technology we have today can´t someone come up with something that might actually work?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/24/2013 6:01:41 PM     (No. 9137397)

What about the counties where 150% of eligible voters voted? Any concern there?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/24/2013 6:11:49 PM     (No. 9137411)

Florida and other states that load their ballots to several pages during a Presidential election need to rethink their elections. In Va we have State elections in off years, we have local elections at other times so only four or five questions appear on our ballots. We had a LONG line where I voted in November,but it moved swiftly and I was out of there in fifteen minutes. We do have a low incidence of LIV in my city.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bmoc, 1/24/2013 6:22:56 PM     (No. 9137425)

I live in Highlands County just south of Polk County and we had several pages of state issues on our ballots but then again, we took advantage of the 12 days of EARLY voting. We knew how we were going to vote, took in a sample ballot and just transferred the info to the real ballot and we were in and out in about 15 minutes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: loyalreader, 1/24/2013 6:34:31 PM     (No. 9137439)

I live in Pasco county and we voted by mail. I sat down in front of my computer, searched each amendment and voted accordingly. As far as voting for the open offices, it was easy - I will never vote for a demoncRAT the rest of my life.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/24/2013 7:58:47 PM     (No. 9137562)

And yet ALL the talking heads insist it was low voter turnout that cost Romney the election rather than any sort of voting fraud. How convenient for the democrats...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 1/24/2013 7:59:46 PM     (No. 9137566)

I say open the polls for voting for 24 hours, on the day after we pay taxes.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: miceal, 1/24/2013 8:56:09 PM     (No. 9137656)

I´m sure they all voted...for Barack Hussein too....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: xcergy, 1/25/2013 3:41:34 PM     (No. 9139227)

#4 and #6

Not true. The skewed number came from ballot counts. In that case, there were two ballots for each voter, one was for candidates, the other for amendments, so the true % should have been 200%. Many did not vote the latter, which is how the 157% came to be.

When you drill down the website and look at the true vote counts, there were no instances where the vote count was higher than registered voters.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: xcergy, 1/25/2013 3:46:00 PM     (No. 9139233)

Gov. Scott should have supplied less voting machines and make the lines longer to assure a Romney win.

It is inexcusable not to supply enough machines (esp. during early voting) and at min. cut the lines in half. If you have proper ID, there is no reason FL citizens should be allowed to vote in a timely manner.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 1/25/2013 3:52:53 PM     (No. 9139244)

This is a problem created by democrats to fullfill their own prophesy.

The places reporting significant problems were mostly in democrat controlled cities and counties.

Democrats were whining for months before the election about the state´s efforts to install some controls to cut down on election fraud. They predicted that changes would cause long lines and discourage voters so they set about to make it happen.

Yes, there were long ballots but there were also weeks of early voting and campaigns to encourage voters to vote by absentee ballot.

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