Sunday, October 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

From the AP via the Opelika-Auburn News: Nearly 2 Million Vote Early in Florida

More than 1.8 million Floridians have cast their ballots through early or absentee voting _ nearly 2 1/2 times the number of people who voted early in 2024.

That’s roughly 20% of the state’s registered voters. Rather impressive.

And in regards to ballot/voting troubles:

Common Cause, a nonpartisan government watchdog, said Saturday it received more than 7,500 calls from Floridians with voting trouble issues.

I will grant, this is just one measure. However, that would account for roughly .41% of the votes cast. That strikes me as a pretty good error rate (although granted, the actual error rate is probably between 2% and 4%). However, if there was as much widespread mayhem as some suggest that there has been/will be, I am guessing Common Cause would’ve found more than 7,500 out of 1.8 million examples.

Further, it begs the question as to what the operationalization of “trobling issues” is.

Polling places were packed Saturday as people continued to stream in to vote early, with some localities reporting lines several hundred deep and waits up to four hours.

At a mall in Broward County, Patti Bryant voted at 1:25 p.m. _ 3 hours, 55 minutes after she got in line.

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