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Lucky 13th Results in Dispute

November 8th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Officials at the state Democratic Party say something suspicious is going on in the 13th Congressional district because there were as many as 18 thousand fewer votes for the congressional seat compared to other races on the very same ballot. Luis Navarro is the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party and he’s wondering it there were any problems with the new voting machines.

“There has to be a level of expectation that machines will work properly, that votes will be registered properly. That votes will be recorded in an appropriate fashion. So whether this is simply a situation where someone transposed the final outcome numbers from a number of machines or whether this is a bigger problem relative to the use of technology I think that has yet to be determined.”

The state says it did get calls regarding the machines used in the District 13 election, but spokesman Sterling Ivey says the problem is most likely voters who didn’t cast ballots.

“Well, there could be a number of explanations for that. Either people just did not vote for a particular congressional race… the votes that were canvassed in Sarasota County and the other counties will be gone through with a fine tooth comb as the canvassing boards make their certification of those results.”

The vote in the 13th… Katherine Harris’s old district… is close enough to trigger an automatic recount. It may be several days before we know who won the race.

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