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.

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. krd

    They are not voting for the amendments because they cannot read or cannot comprehend. They don't understand the issues and are only coming out to vote color.

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. G. Robinson

    Obama – we got you in Pittsburgh, PA. I voted for you at 7:08am.

    GOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Fran

    "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?"
    Hey Rick, your a pig. Don't be too sour when McCain loses to Obama. VOTE FOR CHANGE! OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Republicans Stealing Election Again?

    Why are the Republicans stealing the election again?

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Jane Burns from NC

    Trust nothing…no articles…don't get overconfident.

    Go out and vote Obama. Bring snack and your patience!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Stu, Charlotte

    Rick writes- "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?"

    Ah, Rick, you demonstrate the ignorance and arrogance of the Republican buffoons you elected the last 2 terms.
    You wonderful attitude is what caused Obama's Democratic LANDSLIDE today. Thanks for your help !

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Those voting machines are only human! :)

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Tim H

    Rick...where is the love ....a lot of these people are first time voters....but morons or not...they still have a say in putting a foot in mcsame's behind..so stop the whining and name calling and take this beat down like a man...but then again you might be a bit_ _...

    OBAMA08!!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Daniel

    It's amazing to see, watching in the UK, where as a 28 year old, I've voted in 2 national elections (2001 and 2005) and at least 6 local elections. Not once have I ever queued to vote here because the British people are pathetically apathetic when it comes to our democracy. Despite the usual problems in Florida and a few other places, you Americans should be very proud of what you're doing today – it's an example to the whole world to follow. And you know – your elections have been far more interesting than ours here in the UK. I'm rooting for Obama personally and I wish I could vote, but I'm a foreigner. Your choice will affect my country a great deal and the way I (and most Brits) see it is that Obama will make the world a safer and more peaceful place, through his skills of diplomacy, tact and his overall intellect.

    Good luck to each candidate though on this Election Day; may the best man win. At least you guys have two good men running for the job!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Gregg

    DOH!! come on Florida, the election tender's tell you when getting your ballot to FILL IN THE BACK PAGE!! as well, please,,,let's not have another 2000, but on the 1st page, 1st ballot box, vote Obama // Biden 08, the real change.........

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    Sorry, folks, but when you vote you have the right not to vote for any office or provision on the ballot. Nothing says you MUST vote on every issue. Back in the "old days" we used to call them "Bullet Ballots" when someone voted for only one race/question on a ballot form. The problem lies with the Florida design once again. You cannot keep putting these multi-page forms out and expect folks to get them right. Then again, California has up to 120 initiatives on their ballot this year (depending on where you are). How are you supposed to be aware of all of them enough to intelligently vote on them? Oh, that's right. The proponents of these issues don't want you to really know about them so the 50 people who vote for them won't be defeated by the 10 million who ignore the question!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Melissa Ray

    Not everywhere in Florida is nutz. We voted early in Titusville, waited in line maybe 15 minutes, voted, scanned our ballots and were outta there in less than 1/2 hour. And yes, we filled in both sides of the ballot. People, you have to remember!!! Florida is not Mickey Mouse and pretty beaches. It's as far south in the deep south as you can get. 'nuf said

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Mark

    Remember – Palm Beach county has a large elderly population. So they tend to be a litle forgetful. At least they marked the front side of the ballot. Don't worry. Florida will be just fine and vote for OBAMA!!!! The Bush insanity will be over.. FInally

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. ashley

    In Flagler county (FL) while giving you the ballot, they announced that you did NOT have to fill out any questions/Amendments that you did not want to vote for; the end result is THIS. Please everyone fill everything out. Can FL get anything right???

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Joe

    Thank god all this madness is over with today! As a current Florida resident the voting machines are the biggest POS EVER! McCain/Palin 08!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. sthflachk

    Those of under the age of 65 and NATIVE to south Florida affectionately call our location "Heavens Waiting Room" So if the rest of you want to complain STOP letting YOUR relatives move down here! Because I can attest that it is older voters and volunteers who are screwing things up – AGAIN!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Michael watching from Canada

    Shouldn't there be signs highlighting the importance of filling in the second page?

    Shouldn't the people managing the polling station remind people (as they are given their ballot) to fill in the second page?

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Niccole in Georgia *OBAMA/BIDEN08*

    Battleground Voting Problems List

    1) North Carolina
    2) Virginia
    3) Indiana
    4) Florida

    And since I couldn't leave a comment about Rove calling a victory for Obama, let me say this: more sneaky tactics to get voters to stay away from the polls. If you haven't voted, what are you waiting for? Make your voice heard!

    gObama!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Indy One

    Here we go with the name calling and insults. Do I have to remind you that you have Sarah Palin on your ticket?!

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

    Florida and Ohio will both get it right this time! OBAMA!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Matt

    Have you read the amendments on the Florida ballot? They are worded so poorly that people don't know what they're voting for. Of course people will leave them blank.

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Teddy

    Mike. Think for a minute. We all pay tax's. The government gets our dollars then spreads them out to departments, programs and even other countries. I call that redestribution. Been going on forever

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Eric

    Leaving a set of voting candidates or proposition blank with no selection is not an "undervote". It is called abstaining! In most other countries one can choose NOT to vote for any candidate or proposition by leaving the selection blank.

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Steve

    Seriously you can't blame the people for stupid technology... I'm in AZ and we use paper ballots. Simple and efficient...Florida should get with it

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Anonymous

    McCain + Palin = Corperate Welfare.

    I bet McCain wins FL by a bush.

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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