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"Blame Florida! Blame Florida!

"Blame Florida! Blame Florida!...with its stooges and its chad, the whole election's just gone mad..."

(Yeah, it's Salon: but Talbot has a point. Had this been outside the US, with Jimmy Carter and the other observers, the last few days' lunacy would have left no-one in any doubt that the state couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery.)
posted by holgate on Nov 24, 2000 - 10 comments


The end is near (again)

The end is near (again) Looks like the one Florida county that was actually finding some Gore votes, Miami-Dade, is calling off the recount.
posted by tranquileye on Nov 22, 2000 - 2 comments

perfect headline: Chad Is a Country in Africa Racism—Florida's Real Scandal
posted by palegirl on Nov 21, 2000 - 1 comment

ELECTION: Live coverage of (what's left of) the Florida hearing.

ELECTION: Live coverage of (what's left of) the Florida hearing. I heard a solution I could live with: machine recount all the Florida ballots, and hand count anything that bounces. Came from the Bush camp, surprisingly enough.
posted by baylink on Nov 20, 2000 - 2 comments

ELECTION: Dan Bricklin thinks the ballots sucked, too.

ELECTION: Dan Bricklin thinks the ballots sucked, too. Remember him? He helped write VisiCalc, and now runs Trellix? I'm still wondering why no one's agitating to invalidate that election in PBC.
posted by baylink on Nov 20, 2000 - 6 comments

"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not."

"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not." Yet another opportunity for the British Observer to put the US newspapers to shame, with an closely-argued, even-handed reflection on the fun in Florida. "The system, full of inefficiencies and coagulations, may stink, but it is also a system which belongs to the voters who now complain so shrilly about it."
posted by holgate on Nov 19, 2000 - 2 comments

More Fun With the Electoral College!

More Fun With the Electoral College! What's most disturbing isn't that it may be weeks or months before we actually know who won the election. I mean who cares? Neither of these guys represent you. They both suck. The disturbing part is that it is actually possible the voices of hundreds of thousands of Florida voters might not be heard at all!
posted by ZachsMind on Nov 16, 2000 - 14 comments

from the front page of CNN:

from the front page of CNN: "....Circuit Judge...has scheduled a....hearing to issue a ruling on whether Florida Secretary of State....used her best discretion in deciding...." And my question for the legal experts here: how can a judge rule on matters of discretion? I thought Marbury vs. Madison dealt with a similar situation and that courts didn't decide political matters.
posted by greyscale on Nov 16, 2000 - 9 comments

Neo Nazis holding pro-Bush rally

Neo Nazis holding pro-Bush rally I think even Shrub would find this distasteful...
posted by owillis on Nov 16, 2000 - 11 comments

"My dad will fix it,"

"My dad will fix it," said John "Jebby" Bush, son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, after being caught "naked from the waist down" with his blonde companion in his car outside the Tallahassee Mall. The Media took a pass at this story once they found out the "Bush" in question was not the older brother George P. Bush.
posted by tamim on Nov 15, 2000 - 3 comments

The end... finally.

The end... finally. Today at five pm. Judge Lewis upholds the statutory deadline for election returns to be certified, despite media specualtion that he was initially inclined to extend it.
posted by mikewas on Nov 14, 2000 - 35 comments

The "War on Drugs" cost Gore the election.

The "War on Drugs" cost Gore the election. "In a stroke of divine justice, it turns out he [Gore] might have easily won Florida had it not been for the felony disenfranchisement laws that disproportionately strip the vote from African-American men," said Sanho Tree, director of the drug policy project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. "Let's hope he ponders this long and hard while he waits for the recount."
posted by lagado on Nov 13, 2000 - 18 comments

Not very clever.

Not very clever. Florida's Secretary of State (the BBC reports her being described as "a bit of an airhead") manages to make her position look even more ridiculous. Anyone get the disturbing feeling that this may be resolved, not in the courts, but on the streets?
posted by holgate on Nov 13, 2000 - 16 comments

Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner?

Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner? Personally, this sounds pretty cool, but it's too dang bad they had to put it in the Mall of America. The higher-ups probably wanted to build next to the other theme parks in Orlando, but i've heard this wild rumor that Florida's getting a bad rep these days...
posted by NickBarat on Nov 12, 2000 - 3 comments

What It Will Take to Get Elected ... in 1988.

What It Will Take to Get Elected ... in 1988. Interesting historical piece basically looking at the chances of a Democratic victory in 1988. Makes for good reading -- now that we've all become political junkies -- while waiting for news from Florida.
posted by leo on Nov 12, 2000 - 1 comment

Ok, lastly - Why not hand-recount this?
posted by tiaka on Nov 11, 2000 - 10 comments

Hand count in Palm Beach County agreed upon.

Hand count in Palm Beach County agreed upon. History in the making.
posted by tiaka on Nov 11, 2000 - 9 comments

NY Times report on voting problems in Palm Beach

NY Times report on voting problems in Palm Beach "...some precinct workers said that they were under strict instructions to turn away people asking for voting assistance — mainly out of fear that it would slow down the voting. Louise Austin, a precinct worker in Boynton Beach, said she and other workers at her precinct turned away voters who besieged them with questions. "People were coming up to me," Ms. Austin said, "and I had to follow the directive — `Don't help anyone. Don't talk to anyone.' "
posted by aurelian on Nov 11, 2000 - 1 comment

Bush Camp Goes to Court to Stop Hand Recount.

Bush Camp Goes to Court to Stop Hand Recount. The plot thickens!
posted by Mr. skullhead on Nov 11, 2000 - 15 comments

ELECTION: Florida SecState declares PBC ballot legal.

ELECTION: Florida SecState declares PBC ballot legal. Like that's her gig, or anything...
posted by baylink on Nov 10, 2000 - 5 comments

"In other words, the odds are less than 1 in a billion that the original vote was a fair count."

"In other words, the odds are less than 1 in a billion that the original vote was a fair count." OJR asked Dr. Lynn Miller, a professor of communications and expert on statistics at the USC Annenberg School to comment on what she found at CNN.com regarding the Florida Situation.
posted by th3ph17 on Nov 10, 2000 - 4 comments

So the infamous ballot designer if feeling pretty low,

So the infamous ballot designer if feeling pretty low, but is protesting outside her office the correct thing to do? "Noisy demonstrators protested on Thursday outside her office, demanding a new election. Several lawsuits have been filed, claiming the ballot was illegal under Florida law. LePore, who has been named in at least two lawsuits, has been devastated by the controversy, friends and acquaintances have said."
posted by mathowie on Nov 10, 2000 - 10 comments

Regarding Florida, I think this picture says it all.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Nov 10, 2000 - 7 comments

Signs, signs, everywhere signs

Signs, signs, everywhere signs Modern Humorist takes a deeper look into the semiotic nightmare that is Palm Beach County.
posted by Skot on Nov 10, 2000 - 2 comments

Other countries

Other countries are looking at us and giggling about our democratic process. It's rather enlightening to see what they think, provided the attitude the US newsmedia takes when other countries' elections appear "fixed", "inefficient," or "ineffective."
posted by tatochip on Nov 10, 2000 - 6 comments

The Memo issued to Palm-Beach poll workers on Tuesday morning.
posted by gluechunk on Nov 9, 2000 - 2 comments

Porter Glendinning on a weblist noted: "According to http://www.tcpalm.com/_special/pres_returns.shtml, David McReynolds, the Socialist candidate who had the hole beneath Gore's on the ballot, got no more than 36 votes in any county in Florida except Palm Beach, where he got 302. Seems questionable to me." So we've definitely got a problem with the ballot. Is it do over time yet?
posted by mathowie on Nov 9, 2000 - 26 comments

CNN wants to know

CNN wants to know shoud voters in disputed parts of Florida be allowed to vote again. Right now the tide is against it.
posted by DragonBoy on Nov 9, 2000 - 7 comments

Linear regression analysis

Linear regression analysis adds approximately 2700 votes to Gore's tally -- "If Palm Beach county were like the other counties, according to estimates with Bush's votes Buchanan would have gotten around 600 votes in that county instead of 3407 votes he actually got. If we used Gore's votes to predict Buchanan's vote, we would have predicted Buchanan to get somewhere around 792 votes. ...[in any case] it can be claimed with a high degree of statistical confidence that the mistakes cost Gore somewhere between 2000 and 3000 votes. If Bush wins Florida by an amount smaller than this, such as 1700 votes, a strong claim can be made that the confusion over the unique ballot structure in Palm Beach cost Gore the presidency...."
posted by johnb on Nov 9, 2000 - 25 comments

Oops, Florida sent it again.

Oops, Florida sent it again. As if Florida elections couldn't get worse, Salon.com is reporting that some absentees received duplicate ballots. Poor Florida. I highly doubt election problems are only happening in this state, it's just being put under the microscope. Every little problem is huge now. Salon is doing a great job with interesting stories, too. Check'em out.
posted by gramcracker on Nov 9, 2000 - 0 comments

Official Florida Law on Paper Ballots.

Official Florida Law on Paper Ballots. I've been reading from the pundits that the Florida ballot may be illegal because it "specifies that voters mark an X in the blank space to the right of the name of the candidate they want to vote for." (Quote from MSNBC) However, the Florida statue I found says "opposite such candidate's name." Has anyone heard this argument, and if the Dems are actually gonna try it?
posted by gramcracker on Nov 9, 2000 - 15 comments

There ARE 2,856 people who WOULD and DID vote for Buchanan once before. (for people who are whining about there not being 3000 people in Palm Beach who would vote for Buchanan)
posted by jamescblack on Nov 9, 2000 - 41 comments

Disenfranchised felons

Disenfranchised felons the difference in Florida. ITN has a story with some actually numbers.
posted by lescour on Nov 9, 2000 - 5 comments

80% of newly found votes in the recount are for Gore.

80% of newly found votes in the recount are for Gore. So either the inital vote count was biased for Bush, or the recount - which is being much more closely watched - is biased for Gore. (Or it's just a funny coincidence. Also, monkeys might fly out of my ass.)
posted by nicwolff on Nov 9, 2000 - 12 comments

Poor user interface elects George W.

Poor user interface elects George W. The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.
posted by tranquileye on Nov 9, 2000 - 32 comments

My vote doesn't count.

My vote doesn't count. [more]
posted by ZachsMind on Nov 8, 2000 - 10 comments

19,000 Fla Ballots Nullified.

19,000 Fla Ballots Nullified....and allegedly Gore was only behind in the state by 1800. This is gonna get interesting.
posted by bkdelong on Nov 8, 2000 - 30 comments

Conspiracy theorists, start your engines.

Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. Regardless of the outcome, those "9 missing ballot boxes" are going to figure in conspiracy theories for decades to come -- there are still people talking about how Nixon was robbed by the Daley machine in 1960. (The fact that a Bush is governor in Florida surely won't shut anyone up.)
posted by snarkout on Nov 8, 2000 - 20 comments

I'm blogging Tropical Storm Gordon.

I'm blogging Tropical Storm Gordon. If you live on the West coast of Florida, or know someone who does, I'll try to help you keep an eye out. If you don't, well, ignore this, ok? ;-) [Flames to /meta/talk.]
posted by baylink on Sep 16, 2000 - 3 comments

Hostage situation prompts Disney hotel evacuation: "A police SWAT team was dispatched to a hotel at Walt Disney World today after a guest informed the desk he was armed and holding a food service worker and a 4-year-old child hostage"
posted by palegirl on Jun 29, 2000 - 2 comments

Teacher shot and killed by student in Florida.

Teacher shot and killed by student in Florida. Details are still sketchy, but he was a student of the middle school. A truly sad event.
posted by hijinx on May 26, 2000 - 14 comments

Lakeland Florida tries to kill hobbyist's passion.

Lakeland Florida tries to kill hobbyist's passion. Sure, the hobby involves a guy who collects videogames as if they were Hummel Figurines, but I have a certain amount of sympathy for him since I collect as well (I just have a little more restraint). I'm intensely curious as to whose panties got tied into enough of a Gordian knot to go after him.
posted by plinth on Apr 11, 2000 - 1 comment

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