From the Daily Sun, February 6, 2008:
Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots
Florida voters got so caught up in the excitement of Super Tuesday many tried to cast ballots for the presidential primaries — again.
Election officials across the state said they fielded hundreds of phone calls from confused voters asking where they could vote Tuesday, apparently unaware that Florida’s presidential primary was last week.
“We’ve had over 100 calls at least over the last two days,” said Kathy Adams, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor.
“Caught up in the excitement” is a complete mis characterization of the ignorance of these Florida voters. It’s not that we had early polling for two solid weeks before a week ago Tuesday’s election complete with campaign visits and ads from all the Republican candidates. One would have to living in a cave to miss all that.
Maybe we should yield to the stereotype of Florida and chalk it up to a “senior moment”.
Maybe since the Dems side of the primary was essentially marching in place due to the decision by the DNC to not count Florida’s votes at the convention for having the primary on Jan 29, many Dems weren’t paying attention to the election. Or since Hillary came to Florida after the primary vote, perhaps voters got confused as to when the election was.
Maybe some voters just figured that they were entitled to vote twice during each election.
I don’t know.
© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.
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