Nov 7, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Huffington Post: Why hasn’t Florida been called?
As of Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama had a 4,143,342 to 4,096,314 lead over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the state — a margin of 47,028 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Nine counties — Broward, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Putnam — are still counting absentee ballots, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. In total, 200,000 absentee and provisional ballots had yet to be counted as of Wednesday morning, larger than Obama’s lead.
About 20,000 absentee ballots still had to be counted in Miami-Dade county as of Wednesday morning, according to the Miami Herald. The county faced long lines in early voting and a 12-page ballot that confused many voters.
The Huffington Post reported on the confusion in Miami:
In Miami-Dade county, where a swollen line forced Saturday’s final early voter to wait until 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning to cast a ballot, the Elections Department’s workaround to [Florida Gov. Rick] Scott’s decision — four hours of in-person absentee balloting on Sunday afternoon — dissolved into a protest when Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered operations to shut down with 180 people in line and two hours to go. Though voting eventually resumed, it was only after residents who refused to leave chanted “Let us vote!” while banging on the department’s locked front door.