Waymon Hudson

Early Voting Begins in Florida!

Filed By Waymon Hudson | August 11, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: early voting, Florida, paper ballots

Editor's Note: For information on early voting for the November 2008 Presidential Election, go to our post "Early Voting in Florida Begins! Get to the Polls!"

Early voting begins today for the Aug. 26 primary! With many important races to our community on the ballot, I encourage all our readers to make sure they get out and vote.

vote-smart-button.jpgAlso, this is the first election since the switch from the touch-screen voting machines to the new paper/optical scan ballots. More than half of the state's voters live in 15 counties that will use paper ballots for the first time in the primary.

Please take the time to vote early. Leave yourself plenty of time and patience to work with the new ballots- and be sure to follow all the directions carefully to make sure your vote counts. We cannot afford to let the chance to make our voices heard as a community slip by. It is time to stand up and make sure we get representation on every level of government!

For information on early voting times and locations near you, visit the Florida Division of Elections webpage.

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Wait - paper ballots? Florida? Presidential election?

Oh wait. What's on the other hand? A bunch of machines made by companies with right wing ties that count every vote, but can't produce a tally tape or paper trail. That's right.

I know, Bil! Paper Ballots... In Florida. UGH.

Althougth they aren't the old punch-cards (with hanging, dimpled, and pregnant chads), there is still a high chance of voter error. They are optical scan- which is like scan-tron tests back in school, you bubble in your choice and feed the ballot in the machine. Still a chance of messing up. Sigh.