View Full Version : Florida Supreme Courts 2004 Election - Republican 1 - Democrats 0

10-18-2004, 12:27 PM
Well I am sure there will be a running talley this election so I figure might as well start here in the Voter challenged state of Florida.

Supreme Court: Provisional ballots in wrong precinct don't count (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_SCOFLA_BALLOTS_FLOL-?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- People who cast a provisional ballot at the wrong precinct aren't entitled to have their votes counted, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday, rejecting an argument by labor unions that the rule wrongly disenfranchises voters.

The court said that the law clearly states that provisional ballots must be counted only if the person was entitled to vote "at the precinct," and that the constitution gives the Legislature the authority to dictate voting rules.

Under Florida law, if a voter shows up at a polling place but officials there have no record of them being registered, they are given a provisional ballot. That ballot is then held until officials determine if the person was entitled to vote at that precinct and hadn't already voted.

If they should have been allowed to vote, the ballot counts; if not, it's thrown out.

But a group of labor unions sued over the ballot law, saying that it unconstitutionally disenfranchised voters who may not know their polling place. They argued that many people have new polling places because of redistricting, may have moved, or may have been displaced by a hurricane.

The court disagreed, saying that requiring provisional voters vote at the correct precinct is no more unreasonable than requiring that everyone else vote at the right polling place.

2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

LINK (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_SCOFLA_BALLOTS_FLOL-?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US)

10-18-2004, 12:31 PM
Heaven forbid voters should be forced to take any responsibility and understanding the process when casting their votes.

We've become a nation of idiots that expects someone to bail us out of everything.

10-18-2004, 12:35 PM
We've become a nation of idiots that expects someone to bail us out of everything.

No no no, some of us are still Republicans.