November 4th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Undervotes reported in Palm Beach County, Florida

 Voters in Florida wait to cast their ballots Tuesday morning, despite problems at some polling stations.
Voters in Florida wait to cast their ballots Tuesday morning, despite problems at some polling stations.

West Palm Beach (CNN) - Florida's Palm Beach County is reporting problems at a couple of polling stations: so-called "undervotes," where machines reject ballots because some voters are not filling out the second page of the ballot, a spokesman for the county Board of Elections confirmed. The page contains proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.

The spokesman said these undervotes are legal. The scanner spits the ballot back and reminds the voter to vote on the second page, the spokesman said, adding that the voter then has the choice of voting or registering the undervote.

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He said in some cases people simply forget to fill out the second page, but most voters seem to be intentionally skipping that part of the ballot.

The town of Palm Beach is also reporting minor sporadic voter machine failures, the spokesman said. A handful of machines had to be replaced.

One polling station in the county opened one hour late because of a problem with their precinct voting list.


Filed under: Florida • Voter Problems
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. GAWoman4Obama, Atlanta

    And we are suppose to trust that they will talley the votes correctly.
    This is an effort to steal this election. Cheaters never prosper.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Logan - FTL

    I just voted here in Florida, and we will carry Florida!!!!

    Don't listen to any "pundits" predictions about who will win the election–Just vote! I don't care if they say Obama is winning by a million votes–Just vote!!! Make it a million and one.

    VOTE!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Florida voter

    More sensational reporting from CNN as usual.

    The word "undervote" is used to stir up paranoia–like someone's vote for President is being thrown out because someone didn't mark the 2nd page of the ballot. Even if the page is rejected because there are no marks on it, the voter has to acknowledge at the scanning machine whether he intended to vote on the 2nd page or not. IT'S NOT LIKE THE ENTIRE BALLOT IS TOSSED OUT.

    I'm so fed up with biased, sensational reporting from the media. It stinks.

    November 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Brian

    As long as we're relying on poorly designed machines, there will always be problems – no matter who the people intend to support. For someone to suggest that the issue is just with Obama supporters is really way off course. This is a historic election and many of these people are voting for the very first time in their lives. In the world's greatest democracy (if we are) they should be applauded for exercising their right to choose – not ridiculed!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Rick

    Another election and another Florida screw-up. Hopefully it won't be close and we won't have to wait on Florida to rig the election!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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