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Voting problems surface in Florida

11/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Voting Rights Advocates reported a number of problems at the polls. Perhaps the biggest problems statewide is optical scan ballots getting jammed and not being counted.

In some cases, blame was being cast on poll workers for folding the ballots too tightly.

Marcia Johnson-Blanco is with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She said a problem in Hillsborough County in at least two polling places – at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and the American Legion Post on ...

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Jack Killingsworth slams Pinellas Supervisor of Elections listen

10/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite criticism about the fact that she has opened only three pollling sites for early voting, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced last night that 26 percent of all the registered voters in the county have already voted via early voting or absentee ballot.

Clark says she has mailed or issued more than 200,000 absentee ballots, the most ever for the county. More than 136,000 have already been returned.

Clark faces re-election Tuesday; she is facing off again...


Vendor blamed for optical scan problems listen

08/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Results from yesterday’s primary in Hillsborough County were slow to be released. Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson blames a software issue with the new optical scan machines manufactured by Premier Election Solutions.

Johnson is not the only one critical of the Premier machines. In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, the Director of Government Affairs for Premier Kathy Rogers said her company did not provide adequate documentation for their GEMS software to Hillsborough County ...


Voters go to the polls today listen

08/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Update: a March 11, 2009 St. Petersburg Times article says that Buddy Johnson's office used taxpayer money to pay Michelle Patty.

Today is the primary election in Florida. Voters are choosing school board members, judges and who will represent their parties in Legislative and County Commission races.

In Hillsborough and 14 other counties across the state that had used touch-screen voting machines are using optical-scan mach...

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Hillsborough approves optical scan voting system

02/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County citizens have voted for the last time on touch screen voting machines.

Today, County Commissioners approved a $5.97-million contract to purchase voting machines from a new vendor, Premier Elections Solutions. The recommendation came today from Elections Supervisor Buddy Johnson.

After years of controversy, Gov. Charlie Crist announced last year that he wanted the state’s 15 counties still using electronic voting machines to change to an optical scan style of voting...

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Florida DNC official on Florida delegates listen

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two days after Florida’s Democratic primary, the issue of whether the delegates will count at the National Convention is still very much in doubt.

U.S News and World Report is reporting that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean will attempt to broker the issue of Florida and Michigan delegates well before the Convention in Denver this August.

But the magazine adds that Dean has been "quitely appointing members to the DNC credentials committee whose loyalties are to the...

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