I blame it on civic pride. Now that Mexico and the Central American republics have cleaned up their acts, Florida holds the title for the most corrupt and least credible elections on the continent. But their position is not undisputed. States like Ohio, Colorado, and Neveda are vying for the title this year. They have a long way to go before any of them will will present a serious challenge to Florida. Proud Floridians are not resting on the laurels of 2000. They are working hard to make sure that they hold on to their dishonorable position as number one.
Pasco elections officials have a warning for the county's absentee voters: Don't give your ballot to a stranger claiming to be from the elections office.
They're not who they say they are.
"The people who are soliciting your ballots in this manner are not elections officials," Pasco Elections Supervisor Kurt Browning warned Thursday.
The deception is the latest sign of the lengths to which some partisans appear ready to go in this election. Elections officials worry there will be many more complaints of overly aggressive behavior in attempts to affect the outcome of the presidential race.
Manatee Elections Supervisor Sweat said the people collecting the ballots appeared to know exactly who had absentee ballots. It is possible for political parties, candidates and political groups to get lists of voters who request the absentee ballots.
Sweat said it appeared the collections were occurring in neighborhoods full of low-income, minority and elderly residents.
Notice how the reporter is careful to attribute the criminal actions only to "some partisans"? I wonder who would do such a dastardly thing? Let's see, which "political parties, candidates and political groups" could have an interest in seeing that "low-income, minority and elderly residents" (who are expected to overwhelmingly vote Democratic this year) don't have their votes counted? Boy, that's a stumper. Maybe Governor Jeb has an idea who might do such a thing.