November 4th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
6 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.

Watch: Floridians vote

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. CanIcallyouJoe

    Voting problems in Florida?

    YOU'RE KIDDING ME.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. jeff

    wow it seems like the republicans are trying to steal florida once again.

    November 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Ken

    Vote Early and Vote often. Go Acorn

    November 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    FLA ? No !

    And Jeb Bush isn't even running this one. tut tut tut

    November 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Ian

    I'm sure there's no major problem...even though it only took a few minutes to hack the machines.

    November 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Michael Fisher

    hmmmn im curious

    i got my eye on you florida....

    November 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Voter

    Hey, all you Obama fans, BO teared up yesterday. Where's all the nasty cracks about crocodile tears – or do you save those for Hillary?

    And here's a missed opportunity to make fun of Mr and Mrs McCain – quick – not a moment to lose – get out there and be jerks one more time.

    This Special is available today only!

    November 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Independent but Leaning

    Wow- is it so hard for these people to vote? How do they manage to feed themselves?

    November 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Casey

    If we're a free country, where we don't have to vote if we don't want to, how does it make sense that if you don't vote on a part of the ballot, the entire ballot is thrown out? That just doesn't make sense to me.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. turn az blue

    FIX THIS BEFORE ELECTION DAY...... GENIOUS!

    November 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. KLEE

    What is it with Florida – I live in a tiny town in South Carolina – the machine worked perfectly!! – OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!

    November 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. jerzeegrl4OBAMA

    Typical Florida insanity.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Sue in MI

    As long as the workers make sure the voter has a chance to redo it, this is not a problem.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Tom Swift, Shopton

    `

    Is there some reason why people in Florida cannot fill out a simple ballot? I mean, c'mon... it's one thing to have machines "screwing up", but it seems that today, as in the last 2 elections, the people can't even fill out a ballot correctly.

    Something in the water?

    `

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. joe six pack

    Who would have thought that of FL? Where the GOP mastered the arts of stealing elections?

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Paul, Europe

    From over here it's very clear what's going on.. and it's Disgusting!
    The "Democatic" leader of the world will yet again have another fixed election.. Misleading robo calls, Machine Breakdowns! Our news channels are comparing it to 2000, and 2004.. God help the Republican Party if they steal this one too!

    Elections are easy.. Ballot, Mark it, Count it!! What do you need scanners and stupid machines for? Fraud.. thats what!

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Noah

    Let's not forget, Liberal lunies, that the 2000 election was legitimately won by Bush and it was Gore who attempted to steal the election. You silly Liberals always try to revise history.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and more STUPID voting procedures....

    we need a NATIONAL procedure...this is moronic

    November 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Chris

    Florida having voting problems already? Why am I not surprised?

    November 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Mike

    VOTE YES FOR CAPITALIST DEMOCRACY

    VOTE NO FOR NATIONAL SOCIALISM

    November 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. slickingdom

    Another Florida SCAM !! Where's Jeb at ?? Something needs to be done
    about this crap that they pull every election year.

    November 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. WOW - Irving, TX and Women for Obama

    The Stealing has started

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. bruce

    another one....in a swing state that McCain needs....the repubs trying to steal another election by the electol college numbers.
    Interesting how all the issue are in swing states that Mccain needs.
    I thin it is time to do away with the elctrol college, and go back to popular vote.Maybe back to the original election process that the VP is the person who lost the presidnetial race....now that would be intersting.

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Jrizzo575

    It is hard not to form negative opinions regarding the acumen of the Sunshine State's Election Board. I am sure the Tourism Board doesn't have problems printing directions to Disney.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Rick

    And I guarantee that all these people who can't figure out a simple ballot are Obama supporters. Do we need to put pictures of the candidates on the ballots so these morons can get it right for once?

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6