Who Really Won?

Friday, April 01, 2005

Deja Review


A computer glitch caused Miami-Dade County's electronic voting machines to throw out hundreds of ballots in a special election March 8 and raised questions about votes in five other municipal elections, officials said. The problem came to light when officials noticed a high number of undervotes in the election on whether to have slot machines at tracks and jai alai frontons. That measure was defeated. Undervotes are ballots with no recorded votes. The undervotes would not have changed the results of any of the elections, the county elections supervisor said, but the county manager called for a review. (AP)


FLORIDA: ELECTIONS CHIEF RESIGNS The elections chief of Florida's largest county has resigned amid revelations of voting problems in six elections. The Miami-Dade elections supervisor, Constance Kaplan, resigned Thursday; her chief deputy, Lester Sola, will take over temporarily. Ms. Kaplan, a longtime Chicago elections official was hired by Miami in June 2003 to repair problems from the 2000 presidential election, when the county was heavily criticized after 28,000 ballots, mostly punch cards, went uncounted. In a special election held concerning slot machines last month, there were a high number of ballots with no recorded votes - known as undervotes - and the county manager, George Burgess, said Ms. Kaplan's explanation, a software glitch, was inadequate. (AP)