November 9th, 2000

Grr

Ack, I hate doing it...

I hate to do it, but I must. Was reading an article on the 19,000 "confused" voters in Palm Beach who voted twice because they say the ballot was unclear. The AP article has several quotes I find funny.

"Hundreds of Gore supporters also called the county elections office Wednesday, saying they feared they had mistakenly voted for Buchanan."

Now, if these people knowingly punched two holes on their ballot, why didn't they say anything on Tuesday BEFORE they left the booth? It just seems like common sense, and at least here, they even have signs and instructions telling you that if you think you messed up your ballot, to tellt he people there BEFORE leaving the booth. But wait...

"Election officials said 19,120 ballots in the county were nullified because they showed more than one vote for president."

So let me get this straight, these people didn't just accidentally vote for Buchanan, but instead, knowingly punched two holes thereby nullifying their ballot? It'd be one thing to say it was a mis-vote after punching one wrong hole, but quite another to vote twice, void your ballot, and then want to do it again. "I'm an idiot and voted twice, my guy lost though, I want to vote again!" What is that???

"``It was so hard to tell who and what you were voting for. I couldn't figure it out, and I have a doctorate,'' voter Eileen Klasfeld said."

Oh really? A doctorate? In what pray tell, obviously not in common sense and sinple instructions. I found a picture of said ballot and I find it not to be confusing at all... you follow the arrow from your candidates name tot he center column and punch a hole... how much more simple can it be? Want to see for yourself? Check it out at...

http://news.findlaw.com/cnn/docs/palmbeach/pbcballot.jpg

I feel extremely sad people who can't figure out such a simple piece if paper are voting in the first place let alone voting twice (three times if they get their way). I'm equally frightened someone with a doctorate was confused... where did you get said doctorate? A cereal box? Sheesh, come on!

Noted:

"Florida law specifies that voters mark an X in the blank space to the right of the name of the candidate they want to vote for."

The ballot does not conform to that specification, but despite that, the hole for Gore was still in a blank space DIRECTLY to the right of his name, so if they want to bring up that issue, the only real problem is they aren't placing an X, but are instead punching out a hole.

As I said, I don't think these peopel should get a second vote. As stated, it'd be one thing to vote wrong once, but to void your ballot by voting twice and then demanding a re-vote? I'm sorry, if you nullify your vote, you've nullified your vote. And like I said, I don't see how nayone could be confused by it if they took even 15 seconds to look at it. Heck, even 30 seconds to a minute! And why if they were confused didn't they ask for help while they were there. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. You don't know the speed limit and you get caught speeding, you're still held accountable. You don't know how to read a simple ballot card and vote anyway without understanding it, your vote stands as counted.

Fin.
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*yawn*

Not enough sleep. I woke up at what I thought was 10:30 but apparently was actually more like 9:45... don't ask me how my alarm clock got that screwed over night. :P I got in the car and got part-wat here before seeing it was only 10:03 in my car which I verified on my laptop. Changed my friends page just a tad while here at work... I put horizontal rules between each friend event... I was having a hell of a time figuring out where one entry started and where one ended when they don't have subjects or currents. Maybe I'll work on my page tonight! No work tomorrow, State Holiday! Droopy eyes are no fun. Downloaded the newest mIRCstats, ircstats, downloaded Kano15 Beta8to here (what's current??? kano.net is down!), last night's build of Mozilla, McAfee SuperDAT 4104, and found a great site that explained the changes needed to get an alternate shell working properly under Win2K. Whee! I also downloaded Transperizer, and Winamp 2.7 RC5, and RC6. Mmm. I replaced plain notepad with win32pad again too (since I hadn't since reformatting/re-disabling WFP). Cleaned up my dir structure on here. Filled out my payroll sheet and turned it in. All in all, I think I'm in decent shape.