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Hillsborough County Florida Voting Problems (again)

On Election Day, large files from early voting machines couldn’t be uploaded to the server that counts the ballots because the program shut down before the task could be finished. That forced elections officials today to re-feed more than 80,000 ballots cast during the early voting period into dozens of scanners.

The delays drew heated critiques. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has joined two Democratic state senators, Arthenia Joyner and Charlie Justice, in asking state and federal officials to look into voting problems.

Castor, D-Tampa, wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice, saying Johnson “has not met his legal responsibilities.”

Joyner called the delay “more embarrassing by the hour” and asked Gov. Charlie Crist to intervene.

Johnson’s concession on Thursday disappointed Ferlita, who wanted a more detailed explanation about why things had gone awry. For a second member of the canvassing board, County Commissioner Kevin White, Johnson’s concession showed “a very proud man who was dealing with the agony of defeat.”

The canvassing board still must count about 3,700 provisional ballots today at 4 p.m.

All three members of the canvassing board, including County Judge James Dominguez, said they expect some legal action against Premier.

“Somebody will have to be held accountable,” he said.


Support Kathy Castor, Arthenia Joyner and Charlie Justice in assuring our right to vote.
Contact them the following way:

Kathy Castor – web site
Washington Office
317 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652

Tampa Office
4144 N Armenia Ave
Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813)871-2817
Fax: (813)871-2864

Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

To email Rep. Castor,  please click here

Arthenia Joyner – web site
District Office:
508 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Suite C
Tampa, FL 33603-3415
(813) 233-4277
Senate VOIP: 41800
FAX (813) 233-4280

Legislative Assistants:
Charlie Anderson, Sonya Pridgen and LaTasha McMillon

Tallahassee Office:
224 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5059
Senate VOIP: 5059
FAX (888) 263-7871



Charlie Justice – web site
District Office:
Gateway Executive Center
8601 Fourth Street North, Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 217-7970
Senate VOIP: 41600
FAX (727) 217-7972
Statewide: 1-866-818-4190

Legislative Assistants:
Courtney Vandenberg, Bethany Linderman and Michael Haworth

Tallahassee Office:
308 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5075
Senate VOIP: 5075


Crist: GOP may be exaggerating voter fraud |

Crist: GOP may be exaggerating voter fraud |
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s governor says his fellow Republicans may be exaggerating claims of voter fraud in the state.

Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday that he has confidence in Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who says there’s only been a scattering of isolated incidents.

Crist said in the closing days of any campaign “there are some who sort of enjoy chaos.” There may be more of that going on than fraud, he said.

The Republican National Committee and GOP presidential candidate John McCain have accused an activist group of fraudulently registering people in Florida and other states. It has focused on young people, minorities and others seen as more likely to support Democrat Barack Obama.

Obama ahead in Florida, Virginia in new poll

Obama ahead in Florida, Virginia in new poll
Democrat Barack Obama is running strong in traditionally Republican states, including Florida and Virginia, in a CNN/Time Magazine poll released hours before the final presidential debate Wednesday.

The poll shows Obama ahead of Republican rival John McCain by ten points in Virginia (53 to 43 percent) and five in Florida (51 to 46 percent).

Both states voted for Republican President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and together represent 40 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

Virginia has not voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1964.

Obama is four points ahead (51 to 47 percent) in Colorado, which boasts nine Electoral College votes and also chose Bush in the last two elections.

Colorado has not voted Democratic in a presidential election for 16 years.

In Georgia — which Bush won by 17 points in 2004 — McCain is up by only eight points (53 to 45 percent).

And the two candidates are virtually tied in Missouri, a state Bush easily carried four and eight years ago. McCain has a lead of one point over Obama, 49 to 48 percent.

“It looks like McCain has to play defense in states that Republicans have been able to count on in previous elections,” said CNN polling director Keating Holland.

“That doesn’t mean he will ultimately lose those states, but it does mean he has less time and money to spend in the swing states that are likely to decide this election.”

The surveys were conducted October 11 to 14 among 762 likely voters in Colorado; 765 in Florida; 718 in Georgia; 763 in Missouri; and 698 in Virginia. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds – Los Angeles Times

Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds – Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Buoyed by enthusiasm among Democrats and public concern over the economy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has captured a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the opening of the general election campaign for president, the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found.

In a two-man race between the major party candidates, registered voters chose Obama over McCain by 49% to 37% in the national poll conducted last weekend.

On a four-man ballot including independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr, voters chose Obama over McCain by an even larger margin, 48% to 33%.

Obama’s advantage, bigger in this poll than in most other national surveys, appears to stem in large part from his positions on domestic issues. Both Democrats and independent voters say Obama would do a better job than McCain at handling the nation’s economic problems, the public’s top concern.

In contrast, many voters give McCain credit as the more experienced candidate and the one best equipped to protect the nation against terrorism — but they rank those concerns below their worries about the economy.

Moreover, McCain suffers from a pronounced “enthusiasm gap,” especially among the conservatives who usually give Republican candidates a reliable base of support. Among voters who describe themselves as conservative, only 58% say they will vote for McCain; 15% say they will vote for Obama, 14% say they will vote for someone else, and 13% say they are undecided.

Bush Announces Veto of Waterboarding Ban –

In greatly concerns me that the current US President supports the use of waterboard with is a form of torture dating back to the Spanish Inquisition. (check out who else has used waterboarding) Before, the Bush administration would deny the use of waterboarding and now have moved to outright endorsement of it use? Is this still the United States of America? The nation that takes the high moral road to set the example and lead other nations? We are feeling more like a 3rd world nation led by some tyrant who tortures people, holds people hostage with out legal due process or access to legal representation to challenge their detention and attacks people who express dissent.
— Chip

Bush Announces Veto of Waterboarding Ban –
President Bush said Saturday that he has vetoed legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics because it “would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror.”

In his weekly radio address, Bush said, “This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe.” MORE—>

Alonso Puts Brakes On Courtesy Busing

This appears crazy. We as a community are unwilling to transport our children to school because they live too close and are willing to transport someone from the other side of the county to provide a choice of schools? I am a bleeding heart liberal progressive but this school choice thing is way out of whack. We transport children from far sides of the county who can not participate in the full range of activities the school offers because they live too far away. The school choice program is destroying our sense of community. I think it is more beneficial that children get a sense of community in their school. It is great to know that the kids you went to elementary school with will be going to the same middle school and the those kids will be going to your high school. Likewise, we can all play football (or some other sport or club) together because we live near our school and we can get to and from it in less than a 30 minute drive. This teaches a sense of community, promotes social skills and relationship skills that will benefit these children as much as their education. 

Alonso Puts Brakes On Courtesy Busing
COUNTRYWAY – Students who live off Country Hollow Drive will have to find alternative transportation to Alonso High School next month.

The Hillsborough County school district will stop providing the courtesy busing it has offered to some students for five years. The district does not usually bus students who live within two miles of a school but makes exceptions for safety reasons.

Sidewalks around Alonso were not completed when it opened in 2002, prompting the district to offer busing to nearby students in the Countryway neighborhood, said Karen Strickland, transportation operations manager. Now that sidewalks and crosswalks are in place, the district is stopping the busing.

The decision came after a lengthy review process that the district has used for about six years, Strickland said. It involves several departments, including the district safety office and area directors. Officials started looking into the Alonso arrangement in December.