Thursday, November 09, 2006

District the Thirteenth Part II

You have got to be kidding me. The race to replace the dread Rep. Katharine Harris (you know the one who stole the 2000 election for Bush) is in a recount.

Democrat Christine Jennings lost to Republican Vern Buchanan by 368 votes

that's hundreds of votes (with an h) just like old times.

No more pregnant chads of course, they used touch screen voting machines, but confused voters complain that the butterfly ballot has made it into the digital age

A review of Sarasota County voting results shows that


More than 18,000 voters who showed up at the polls voted in other races but not the Buchanan-Jennings race.

many voters say the unusual undervote was caused by badly designed touch-screen ballots, which they say hid the race or made it hard to verify if they had cast their vote.

More than 120 Sarasota County voters contacted the Herald-Tribune to report such problems, almost all regarding the Jennings-Buchanan race.

Needless to say, Sarasota County is a Democratic strong hold. If the 18,000 missing votes had split the way counted votes did, Jennings would have won.

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