Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Dog Bites Man; or, Voting Discrepancy in Florida 

The good news first (from our venerated colleague Susan Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla): Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore, Republicrat/Demican designer of the butterfly ballot, lost her bid for reelection.

Now the bad news: she'll still be on the job all through November. And our dire predictions of absentee-ballot hanky-panky, first aired here on Monday, apparently came to pass on Tuesday:
A more than 6,000-vote discrepency in absentee ballots counted in Tuesday's election has forced Palm Beach County to re-count all of those votes.

County Judge Barry Cohen, a member of the county's canvassing board, said 37,839 votes from absentee ballots were counted in Tuesday's election — far more than the 31,095 that were actually sent in.

The 12-hour recount will delay certifying the results of elections until at least 11 a.m. Thursday.

Theresa LePore, supervisor of elections, was not available for comment. But Cohen said he did not know how the discrepency occured.

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