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Florida "do-over": a fiasco in the making?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, March 08, 2008

Of all the options I've heard for allowing Florida Democratic primary voters to re-do their primary, this may rank right up there with the worst:
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson tells NEWSWEEK he has spoken to the Florida Democratic Party about launching a soft-money fund-raising campaign for the benefit of a new mail-in primary, which would supercede the controversial Jan. 29 vote.
PACs, or lobbyist money, would be used to pay for a mail-in primary. Mail-in. No chance of fraud there, huh?

So the best the Dems can come up with is letting lobbyists pay for a potential fraudulent mail-in election which is most likely to be hotly condemned and contested by the loser? A Republican dream come true.

And, of course, right now there's a little problem about doing a mail-in primary. It's against the law.
But obstacles remain. McLaughlin notes what he calls "tiny" provisions in Florida law that prohibit a mail-in election to determine a nominee. But Florida's legislature is currently in session, and could weigh in on such procedural hurdles.
Perhaps the reason it is against the law is because the potential for fraud is so high. But hey, if we can get the lobbyists to pay for it, what's a law?

And, of course, there's the potential for Republicans to cause a little mischief, and obviously that would seem to be much easier in a mail-in vote than an actual, physical vote.

Yup, these same folks who are planning this little beauty also want to take over your health care. Encouraging, isn't it?
 
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"But obstacles remain. McLaughlin notes what he calls "tiny" provisions in Florida law that prohibit a mail-in election to determine a nominee. But Florida’s legislature is currently in session, and could weigh in on such procedural hurdles."


I mean we are talking about election law and democrats here. Nothing in the law is anything more than tiny when the outcome isnt what they want it to be.

 
Written By: retired military
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And, of course, there’s the potential for Republicans to cause a little mischief, and obviously that would seem to be much easier in a mail-in vote than an actual, physical vote.
I’d wouldn’t restrict mischief to just Republicans. But more importantly, I think it would be great for the Dems to go through on this - what better objective lesson on allowing only those folks to vote that are, you know, legally entitled to. Voter IDs anyone?
 
Written By: bains
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The irony here is wonderful. Florida, whose parties moved up their primary to have more influence in the nomination and were disenfranchised for it, will now now determine the democrat nomination.
 
Written By: Arch
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The more I think about it, the more it seems that the preponderance of mischief would come from Dems. Sure there would be Repubs and Indies casting ballots, but mostly they would be legal. (and why is it that the media always portraits legitimate GOP crossover as bad, but Dem crossover as good. /rhetorical)

I think you’d see far more attempts to stuff the ballot box by Obama and/or Clinton supporters.
 
Written By: bains
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And, of course, there’s the potential for Republicans to cause a little mischief, and obviously that would seem to be much easier in a mail-in vote than an actual, physical vote
Oh, I wish someone could flood bith sides with thousands of fake ballots, and then annon. tip each campaign off- both sides will be litigating it in court by the time McCain is done serving his 1st term...
 
Written By: shark
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Shark, that is pure evil...

...

I’m on it.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Next time, it should give party leaders pause to say that delegates won’t be seated for whatever reason they can think of.

Frankly, I think this campaign has already gone on for far too long.
An April to November campaign season is enough, already.

I’m ready for the next "shift" of candidates.
 
Written By: Neo
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Florida is a closed primary state. Your voter registration says Democrat, Republican, or Independent and you only get to vote a ticket according to your party affiliation.

There won’t be much Republican mischief in a Democratic primary. Or vice versa.
 
Written By: Arcs
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Ah, but what if we claimed it anyways? They would tear into each other ANYWAYS...
 
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