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Florida Ballots Go Into Duffle Bags

WASHINGTON, DC--The mass breakdown of voting machines in Florida has led to poll
workers stuffing ballots into duffle bags and piling them on the floor in voting
precincts, according to Jon Greenbaum, legal director with the watch group
Election Protection. Greenbaum says his group has received reports of mechanical
voting problems in 35 precincts across 15 Florida counties. The affected areas include
Sarasota, Miami-Dade, Orange County, Polk
County and Palm Beach.

This year Florida went back to using optical scan
machines. Many of the machines weren't working when voters inserted their
optical ballots, so poll workers tried to preserve the ballots by putting them
into lockboxes. There were so many ballots that the lockboxes started to
overflow. Hence the duffle bags.

Apparently, stuffing ballots into sacks is inconsistent
with election law. Even in Florida.


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