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Let The Games Begin

Posted on November 1, 2008

Florida is known for its sunshine, oranges and hanging chads. And it’s that time of year again.

So far election officials in Jacksonville have rejected more than 500 ballots, mostly because they lacked signatures. In some cases, the signatures don’t match the voter’s signature on file.

500 rejected represents almost one-third of those pulled aside as being questionable.

Channel 4 tells the story of Lisa Rigg who suspected her vote might not have counted. When she contacted the Supervisor of Elections, her fear was confirmed. The reason- her signature didn’t match which she says is absurd.

“My signature does not always match, from day to day. I said, “What can I do to fix this? Can I come down and prove to you that I am who I am and I signed that ballot.”

But she was turned down since her ballot was already cast. Rigg says this election was an important one to her, but election officials will not issue a replacement ballot.

Other problems this time around include voters who connect ALL of the lines across the ballot for president – that’s 13 presidents!

Fasten your seat belts, this is just early voting, which turns out to have been an excellent idea. Already there are lines just for early voting, but it should help keep record turn-out more manageable than they would be otherwise.

Let’s hope we do not see hopeful voters purged from the system for reasons such as poverty, allegations of being a felon, or because they’ve filed for foreclosure and someone purged them because they may not have a home.

If America wants to be a shining example of Democracy, let us hope we have clean elections to show the world who we are and what we are capable of.