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Florida Prepares to Vote

November 3rd, 2008 by flanews

New voting machines in 15 counties coupled with what could be the highest turnout ever has some election watchers concerned. Secretary of State Kurt Browning says Florida is ready for Election Day, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the state has also enlisted police just in case the election goes haywire.

Hear it Here: Florida Prepares to Vote

All eyes are on Florida once again. Tallahassee police have set up a command post across the street from state elections office to make sure no one disrupts state operations.

Were not taking anything for granted. It would be one thing not to plan and prepare and then have this building surrounded by people tomorrow and not have any plan to address that, said Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

A good election doesnt mean problem free. Floridas No Match No Vote law may keep 10,000 registered voters from having their voices heard unless they correct mismatched information in a state database. Progress Florida has asked the governor to suspend the law.

We think the question is, Whats the harm that could be done here to what the potential benefit is? And we just feel like the harm really out weights the benefit, said Damien Filer, spokesman for Progress Florida.

Others have concerns about long lines and new optical scan machines slowing down the process and even causing some people not to cast ballots. Supervisors of Elections said there will be problems.

Are we going to have some problems? Yes, but in no way should they approach the problem of 2000, and I think we are going to see the highest turnout ever in Floridas history and weve got our figures crossed at this point, said Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections.

The state has also dispatched technicians across the state to deal with problems as they come up. Voters can do their part to help avoid an Election Day fiasco by knowing where to vote. The Secretary of State is asking anyone who doesnt know their precinct to call 1-866-308-6739.

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