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Mail in Primary Moving Forward

March 11th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Today is the day Floridians would have voted in the presidential primary had lawmakers and the Governor not changed the date. Tonight new cost estimates suggest a mail in Democratic primary could cost the party as much as ten million dollars. As Mike Vasilinda tells us options and time are running out.

As Many as 4 point 8 million Democrats may soon be voting by mail. Democrats have two options left: the mail vote or the Clinton and Obama campaigns cutting a deal to allot Floridas delegates. The latest cost of a mail-in election is now estimated at between 8 and ten million dollars. State Senator Steve Geller says a decision must be made by Thursday.

This is really, according to federal law and all the court rulings, the Democrats can conduct the vote anyway we want to, Geller said.

Latest plans now call for no state involvement in a mail in vote what so ever.

Democrats still have more questions than answers. Questions like whether to send one ballot or two and who will pay.

There are a host of other questions to be answered as well.

Governor Charlie Crist continues to call for the January 29th vote to be honored. Few now think it will be. Still he doesnt regret moving the primary up.

It certainly has put Florida in the forefront, Crist said. And Florida continues to be there and I think that they did exactly the right thing.

One option being floated is for the candidates to agree on splitting Floridas delegates, And while the governor has no say, Charlie Crist says he doesnt like the idea.

It doesnt seem to me that that honors the will of the people, Crist said.

No matter what democrats do, they risk handing the GOP ammunition to use against them in November.

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