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Is Florida where democracy goes to die?

Asked by elbanditoroso (22418points) November 8th, 2012

The polls have been closed for 36 hours. 49 of the 50 states have been able to count their votes and report them. (and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia).

And then there is Florida, the historical Dunces in the Election system. They seem to be utterly incompetent in the ability to collect and count votes. Does the republican governor have a hand in this (like he did in 2000?)

Or is Florida the American version of a banana republic, where the big corporations tell everyone else how to live?

To me, Florida is an embarrassment. What’s going on down there? Why are they at the center or election legerdemain time after time after time?

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Seek's avatar


We’re the state that lives on tourism revenue but refuses to protect our environment, that manages to elect governors that no one can remember voting for, that turns down billions of dollars in grant money that would bring jobs and tourists to our 12% unemployment state, and happens to enjoy being number 49 in literacy and number one in high school dropouts. Yay, Florida – land of Strip Clubs and Holy Land Amusement Park.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr – I can just hear the civic pride in your answer.

Seek's avatar

Is my utter disgust showing?

Linda_Owl's avatar

Well, it would help if Florida did not have a Republican governor ( who was charged with Medicare fraud before he was elected ! ). He has shown himself to be 100% in accord with the political right-wing tea party members. But take heart @ Seek_Kolinahr, Florida did manage to elect an out-standing Democratic Senator in the election. His name is Alan Grayson & he shows great promise in possibly changing the direction in Florida – his ideas are comparable to Elizabeth Warren’s ideas.

Seek's avatar

@Linda_Owl I voted for Grayson!

Linda_Owl's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr , GOOD for you !! I contributed to his campaign fund (not a large amount of money, but what I could afford because I believe in him ).

JLeslie's avatar

I’m so glad the governor is republican.

Seek's avatar

Even my republican compatriots can’t stand Rick Scott, and won’t admit to voting for him.

The guy’s simply batshit insane.

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mowens's avatar

Florida is heavens waiting room… for so many reasons.

ucme's avatar

No, it’s a place where old people have skin like leather & the personality of a stuffed ostrich.

Blackberry's avatar

Yeah, pretty much.

Brian1946's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr @Linda_Owl

I would have voted for either Grayson or Warren if I lived in either of their states. Hopefully they can get to the Senate in time to help stop Obama’s grand bargain.

Brian1946's avatar

Hopefully they can get to the Senate in time to help stop Obama’s grand bargain.

Edit: Hopefully she can get to the Senate and he can get to the House….

ETpro's avatar

@elbanditoroso I feel your pain, but let us hope that the insanities your Republican governor has inflicted on your state, the repetitive election embarrassments, the 8-hour lines, the deliberate attempts to disenfranchise voters, etc. will mean that Florida is also the place where the Fascist, Tea-Party wing of the Republican party goes to far and reawakens Democracy.

augustlan's avatar

I sincerely don’t understand how it can take them so long to tally their votes. How the hell hard can it be, when every other state is done so quickly? Why does it take FL 3 days?!?

wundayatta's avatar

They have a Governor who does not want to tally democrat’s votes. So he shortens voting hours, takes away personnel who must tally absentee and mail in votes, closes voting stations, and does everything he can to discourage democrats from voting. The result is a huge delay in counting the vote. I bet it costs them more in the long run, too. And it probably won’t help Republicans win, in the end.

ETpro's avatar

@wundayatta The counting is done. It didn’t help them win. :D

Seek's avatar

It’s about goddamn time.

Brian1946's avatar

Hopefully the tea bagging antics of Allen West will soon die, before Patrick Murphy goes broke defending his election victory:

Brian1946's avatar

Good news from Murph’s office: Earlier this morning, Congressman West gave a gracious concession. The election is over, and I am truly humbled that the voters of the 18th district have entrusted me to represent them in Washington.

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