Who Really Won?

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

"I Think We Threw Out A Ton"

Good news: In Broward County, Florida, they counted over two thousand provisional ballots.

Bad news: "I think we threw out a ton," said Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman, who served on the three-member canvassing board.

In many cases, clerks at the polling places gave provisional ballots to people who could have voted regularly, Salas said. She thinks many clerks had trouble with last names of voters with compound names -- they simply couldn't find their names in the precinct registers, even though they were there.

Poll workers are supposed to call the election headquarters to check on a voter's status, but Salas said she thinks that many simply chose to offer a provisional ballot instead.

Next time, folks, don't vote provisionally unless you're pretty sure you don't care if your vote counts.

Remember: If your vote was worthless, they wouldn't work so hard to steal it.