[Why does my my state (FL) have such problems?]
One would think that after the 2000 elections, Florida would have gotten its election-process act together. Especially since there have been 12 years and 3 presidential elections between.
And yet. Not so much. :no:
I know some of you saw my thread about standing in line for almost five hours to vote. And it turns out that was actually not too bad compared to what some people had to suffer. According to the Miami Herald, the last ballot cast in Dade county was @ 2:30 am, a full SEVEN and a half hours after the polls closed. President Obama had already given his speech and walked off the stage. It's 24 hours later and they still haven't counted all the votes. Not that it's going to make a difference, but it could have and, once again, the state is the butt of many deserved jokes.
There was a pretty big segment about it today on CNN, as well. Our oh-so-brilliant governor Rick Scott CUT early voting substantially (for ?? what reason?). The ballot was five pages long, front and back, and apparently the longest ballot in our history. The districts were shifted, which apparently made a difference (for the worse, in my area, appaently). Didn't anyone see all of these things adding up to create election day madness?
It was projected that 9 million people would vote in Florida. The last figure I heard was that around 8 million people had voted. And I know that a lot of those people didn't vote because they saw the lines and were not willing (or were unable) to stand in line for that long.
So, seriously, Florida--figure it out already!!!!