November 3rd, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Florida radio host jokes about incorrect date for voting

Voters waited in long lines to vote early in Florida.
Voters waited in long lines to vote early in Florida.

(CNN) – In the final hours before Election Day, callers to CNN’s Voter Hotline are reporting misinformation that is circulating in some of the battleground states, including some that were intended as jokes.

David Ashley, of Florida, called to report hearing incorrect information broadcast Monday morning on local radio in the Ocala/Gainesville area. After a call into WSKY’s morning show about many Florida residents complaining of not being able to vote early due to long lines, a host on the station’s morning show said “that [Florida Gov.] Charlie Crist had decided because of the voter polling crowds to open the polls on Wednesday for Obama supporters to vote,” Ashley said in his hotline call.

When CNN contacted Ashley, she said that the morning hosts on WSKY often use sarcasm during their program. But, Ashley was concerned that the statement sounded factual, and that less informed listeners might not have realized the statement was incorrect about the date for Election Day.

In response to CNN’s inquiry about Ashley’s call, WSKY allowed CNN to listen to a recording of Monday morning’s broadcast. While the host did state that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist had decided to open polls on Wednesday, November 5 to accommodate supporters of Sen. Barack Obama, subsequent remarks by the two hosts make it clear that the statement was intended as a joke. WSKY would not comment any further.

Tuesday, November 4, is the date for voting in this year’s general election, according to information available from the Florida Division of Elections.

If you live in Florida, click here to go to the Web site for the Florida Division of Elections.

CNN will be tracking voter problems through Election Day. If you have a problem or see a problem, call the CNN Voter Hotline at 877-462-6608. See what issues are a concern in each state by clicking on the interactive Hotline map at cnn.com/hotline.


Filed under: Florida • Voter Problems
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. V

    Those that make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. -John F. Kennedy

    November 4, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  2. GT

    The radio station should be fined!! Dirty republicans and their tricks. That is why America is in the place that it is in and the Europeans are laughing at us! They take care of their peeple and its time for the US to do the same! Obama/Biden all the way to the White House!!

    November 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. bite me

    Why should he be careful – if those people who are listening actually believed him – do you really want THEM voting for who should run the country?? Probably not – I don't!

    November 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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