Absentee Hooey

Major Garrett on Fox just reported that Dade County in Florida is saying that all the absentee ballots there–in excess of 60,000–won’t be counted until Thursday.

That’s bureaucratic hooey. Every ballot was counted by two in the morning in 2000 (and then, of course, recounted again over the next several days). They’re hedging, whether out of the bureaucratic impulse or other purposes, I couldn’t tell you.

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8 Responses to “Absentee Hooey”

  1. Wil Says:

    Hedge my A**!!!!

    The bastards are waiting to find out how many votes they need to steal the state! They did this last time!

  2. Sandy P Says:

    Polipundit Poster:

    AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! You gotta be kidding!! A Pennsylvanian judge has ordered that the absentee ballots not be opened until tomorrow morning because of some

  3. Julie Says:

    Rumors you understand… but I’d heard that a huge number of absentee ballots didn’t get counted in Florida in 2000 and in some other places, once the election was “decided” they just quit counting.

    I’d rather they just planned on not having the total numbers until later and really counted them all… particularly as so many are from military.

  4. Chris M Says:

    CRAZY!!! I can’t believe this. These networks are driving me crazy, I must say. Fox News is doing the best so far. Who can watch CNN or CBS, NBC, ABC. What a joke! They want Kerry to win so bad!

  5. MarkD Says:

    Fox’s exit polls had me worried… Kerry getting people voting based on Iraq overwhelmingly? Bush only getting voting based on terror? seems Kerry and his allies in the press got the messages out that Kerry needed them to: (1) Kerry is better on economy (2) the war on Iraq is not part of the war on terror and a disaster. They’re all lies, but the media and Kerry got the public to believe them.

    The slow calls in VA and the Carolinas worry me less now that I know why, but I have a very bad feeling about this.

  6. sjvan Says:

    >huge number of absentee ballots didn’t get counted in Florida in 2000 and in some other places, once the election was “decided” they just quit counting

    Not a rumor. That has been SOP in most states for a long time. Don’t know specifically about Florida in 2000 or elsewhere, but not counting absentee ballots when it makes no difference is nothing new.

  7. Julie Says:

    It makes me wonder about all of the other people on the ballot. I voted for a truck-load of judges this morning, a bunch of bonds, and a handful of state representatives.

    Those absentee ballots might matter to *something* even if not the presidential race.

  8. McGehee Says:

    They’ll be counted if any race on which their voters may have voted, might be decided by absentee ballots.

    At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

    Likewise write-ins (I know, I was a write-in candidate once; the write-ins weren’t enough to decide the election, but it was the biggest proportion of write-ins cast in that jurisdiction in the history of local elections there.)

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