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First too few, now too many

The counting of ballots in a contested judgeship race has taken a comical turn.

It's no longer a missing ballots problem in Palm Beach County. Now there are too many ballots.

After a cumbersome resorting and recounting of ballots from the Aug. 26 election, investigators produced two new troubling findings Friday.

First, auditors have discovered electronic evidence that 110 ballots from voters at a Delray Beach precinct weren't included in election night results. Those votes also weren't included in totals from a recount.

Second, auditors verified that there are 139 more paper ballots on hand at elections offices than the number of ballots reported cast on election night. The combination of the findings means there could be 249 more ballots than were counted on election night - though that estimate could change before an audit is finalized this weekend.

Vote dispute in judicial race appears headed to court as recount stalls "We are no longer short ballots, we have more ballots," said County Commissioner Mary McCarty, a member of the county's elections canvassing board.

Brad Merriman, an assistant county administrator leading the investigation, said he never expected the results to turn out this way. He also said the frenzy of election night activity may be partly to blame.

Welcome to the county that couldn't count straight.

Brad Merriman went on to say some error has to be expected. I agree, no one or no thing is perfect. Here we're talking over two weeks since the election and ballots are still being found. Just how much error should Palm Beach County citizens tolerate?

No question about it, Arthur Anderson should immediately resign. I know Anderson will be out of office in a few months, but not before the November general election. There has to be a living human being able to run the elections office on a temporary basis. The last thing Florida or this country needs is another circus like happened in 2000. Who's to say Florida won't be decided by a handful of votes again.


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Comments (8)

When I went to vote last ti... (Below threshold)

When I went to vote last time I asked if it was going to work this time and they had a glazed over look, smiled and nodded their heads. (I thought I heard a marble bouncing around but wasn't sure)

So they have joined Ohio's ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

So they have joined Ohio's democrat controlled districts. They have more democrat votes than they have total registered voters (democrat and republican). What a shock, not.

I am an election judge in a... (Below threshold)

I am an election judge in a Minneapolis suburb of about 22,000 people that reliably votes Republican. I could not imagine how much they would have to pay me to do it in Palm Beach County.

Hmmmm has ACORN been feedin... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Hmmmm has ACORN been feeding the voting machines with Democrat ballots? Sure seems strange that of all of the counties in the United States, the ones that are controlled by the Dems are always the ones that they have had ballot problems.

I have used those same type of machines for the last 6 elections cycles here in Wyoming and the only thing that I have happen is that the machine spit the ballot back at me because I didn t completely fill in one the ovals. Hell a kindergarten kid could do that.

Heck, Stan25, I voted in Ca... (Below threshold)

Heck, Stan25, I voted in California for 14 years using the bad old punch-card "butterfly" ballots that got blamed for the mess in Florida. Everything always worked just fine, until a pack of incompetent Democrats (but I repeat myself) in Palm Beach County suddenly forgot how to use them, and then another pack of incompetent Democrats (but I repeat myself again) forgot how to count them.

Did anyone check to see if ... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Did anyone check to see if the extra votes had a Chicago postmark?

Gosh, I guess nobody in thi... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Gosh, I guess nobody in this story belongs to a political party, right? /sarc

So, why is it not mentioned which party these thieves belong to?

Maybe because they are Democrats?

Another case of Name That Party!

I am just delighted that We... (Below threshold)
Rick Caird:

I am just delighted that Wexler was so nice as to present us with this continuing entertainment. Bring Theresa back.

Rick




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