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No Delegates, No Problems

January 29th, 2008 by flanews

Florida moved up its primary and was penalized by both parties, but that hasn’t stopped a surge of Floridians from voting. As Whitney Ray tells us, the historical significance of the presidential preference primary has voters rushing to the polls.
Hear it Here: No Delegates, No Problems

The phone was ringing off the hook at the Secretary of States voter hotline center, Tuesday. Independents wanted to know, why they couldn’t vote for a presidential candidate and democrats wanting to know if their votes will even be counted. The Democratic Party lost all its delegates because of the early primary.

“Their vote will be counted,” said Sterling Ivey, spokesperson for the Secretary of State. “Whether the state party and national party acknowledges the election in Florida, that’s for the state and national party to determine.”

The implications of Florida’s primary go beyond delegates at the national conventions for most voters. Despite the party losing its delegates, democrats said they want their voices heard. Almost half a million voted early. Democrats and Republicans said this election is one for the history books.

“It’s so diverse for the first time,” Republican Udora Hogge said. “There’s a women on the ballot.”

“To have an actual African American presidential candidate that so many people are supporting is amazing,” said Annette Ponder, who cast her vote for Barack Obama.

Despite the penalty, Florida Democrats are still recruiting all their delegates, hoping they get a say. The Democratic National Convention will be held in August. The Republican Convention will be held about a week later in September.

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