Florida Voting

Posted: 1/12/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

Florida's 13th Congressional district is still in play
and after the election in November of last year Vern Buchanan the Republican won by a margin of 400 votes, well now the rest of the story.
18,000 votes in Sarasota County contained no vote for Buchanan or the Democratic opponent Christine Jennings, not a few but 18,000 votes. So it is being contested and remains under investigation, and rightly so. This is a story that is pretty much staying out of the main-stream news media.

The source code is available but is most secretive, you know this is the kind of stuff that makes one wonder just what are they trying to hide? This is the kind of secrets one runs into when questioning the voting system and the software that runs that system in this country.
A poor ballet design has been attributed to the lost votes, however ES&S remains secretive over a democratic process in this country and that my friends is the reason we need to take a long hard look at the voting process, the voting system on these machines and on articles you will run into on this blog itself should have the public up to take notice of this serious problem.
What does the ES&S say about this? Well it is said that the so called lost votes was in a heavy democratic district and their "best guess" is that if the votes had been cast then Jennings would have won by about 3,000 votes, hmm I would say it is something worth fighting for. The Congressman who is being now seated is taking no position on the matter but believe the votes were accurately counted, I guess I would not complain either if I got an election handed to me.


  1. Octavian says:

    What can you expect with the way our democracy has been treated these past seven years.

    I saw clips from the 2000 election a few weeks ago, and it was very strange to me. It seemed like that was so long ago, from a different time, and in a way it was.

    It's going to take a while to get us back to where our biggest worries are who the President is sleeping with.

    Thanks for your input, you seem to be well informed in regards to your comments and articles. I am adding you to my list of websites on my blog. Happy New Year!

  1. Floyd says:

    Thanks octavian, I hope you had a nice New Year also. I know I have one of your blogs in my roll, you have a very thought out blog also and especially liked your in depth coverage of the Sunni and Shia of Iraq, very informative.

    Our voting process could stand a little looking into, and would hope that sometime soon we can at least attempt to fix it.

  1. Jim says:

    Which is more important, a software company's source code or a citizen's right to have his vote counted ? The question answers itself.

  1. Floyd says:

    You hit the nail on the head there Jim, and like this article states we are talking 18,000 and you know in votes that's huge and the guy only won by 400.

    Something is rather fishy about the whole deal, the missing votes are in heavy democratic districts, very fishy indeed.

    EN&S has stated that in their 'best guess' the democratic opponent would have won by 3,000 votes, when this is all said and done they will forget about the voting issue until it surfaces again in the next election.

  1. Sally says:

    This is too important to our nation to simply "trust" these machines to just be right. And, this is not just a partisan issue as a lot of Republicans see it IE sore losers, can't accept a loss etc etc. After the 2000 election changes were promised and made but it seems to still be riddled with mistakes.

  1. Floyd says:

    I have done a few article's on these machines and a little research on them and what I have found is to be major quirks in the system, and when the election is over they go back to business as usual until the next election.

    Some of these machines even get their software from Valenzuela, and all of them I have done any research on has turned out to have had many errors.

    You are right to say that no matter what party you are affiliated with, people need to be concerned of the election process and this 18,000 votes is a prime example of things that can and do go wrong at every election.

    Thanks to all of you for coming by so far and voicing opinion on this very important issue to every American.