September 16th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Florida ballot could be trouble for Crist

 Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s name will appear in the ninth position out of 10 Senate candidates on the ballot in November.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s name will appear in the ninth position out of 10 Senate candidates on the ballot in November.

(CNN) – There's no doubt Gov. Charlie Crist has high name recognition in Florida, but voters there may still may have a problem finding his name on the ballot come November.

That's because Crist, running as an independent candidate for Senate, will appear in the ninth position out of 10 candidates on the ballot, appearing between other party-less hopefuls Rick Tyler and Lewis Jerome Armstrong, according to the Florida Secretary of State's office.

That's because Florida law mandates the two major parties appear first followed by minor-party candidates. Candidates, like Crist, who are not running under the banner of any particular party, appear last. Of the candidates without a party, the order is determined by when the candidate filed. Crist was running as a Republican until late last spring and so was among the last candidates to file as an independent.

"It's an issue, obviously," Crist told reporters Wednesday.

Of course, the state has a rocky history with ballots – most recently in 2000 when a confusing set up appeared to cause thousands of Floridians to accidentally cast their vote for libertarian candidate Pat Buchanan instead of Democrat Al Gore.

Earlier this year Crist dropped his bid for the GOP Senate nomination. Crist – who is used to appearing on top of the ballots – said the new configuration means his campaign has the burden of educating voters where they can find his name.

"We're just going to have to have an education process to make sure people know it's not the normal course of affairs," he said.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll out Thursday showed indicates Crist 14 points behind Republican Marco Rubio among likely voters, 40-26 percent. Democrat Kendrick Meek is at 21 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That system is designed to prevent third party candidates, from succeeding. This country wants to criticize other countries for voter fraud????

    September 16, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    Don't worry, Charlie. We dems & indies are smarter than this story gives us credit for. We'll find your name and make you the next Freshman Senator from the great State of Florida.

    September 16, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Isabelle

    Oh, this is the most hilarious headline of the day: Bad News For Ex-Republican", which was the headline on the main page. Poor CNN, can't stand the thought that Republicans might actually win in November. And heaven forbid a Tea Party candidate wins.

    I think I will faint if I ever click over to cnn.com and see "Good News For a Republican" as a headline. If there's bad news you guys always try to attach it to a Republican in some way shape or form. And somehow there's never any bad news for Democrats. Hilarious.

    September 16, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. amigay

    Oh well...vote for Rubio and you'll pretty much get GW.

    September 16, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Tim in Ohio

    This is poetic justice! Go Marco!

    September 16, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Dale

    "Florida law mandates the two major parties appear first followed by minor-party candidates." - Gerrymandering hits the ballots!

    September 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Poser

    So the real message here is that Americans are too lazy to read a list of ten names or too stupid to find their chosen candidate from a list of ten names. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

    September 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Jess C

    Too bad, he's the only one with any common sense out of the pack.

    September 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. gt

    good ... he is running becasue he could not win his primary... its all about him... sorry charlie... your toast...

    September 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. King

    Theyve got to make a choice now meeks or christ to run against rubio i say christ because he has the indepents backings.

    September 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Obambi

    Good this is what this dirtbag deserves. Now go hug the kenyan again.

    September 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yeah, but does Florida still allow each county to set up their own ballots independently of each other? If so, who knows where he will be found? Remember the infamous "butterfly ballot" of West Palm Beach back in 2000? People who thought they were voting for Gore ended up voting for Buchannan (or was that Chad?).

    September 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Its not just his position on the ballot that will hurt him. It is also the "Spector effect"."

    September 16, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Anonymous

    So people vote without knowing what candidate they are looking for? People vote for someone else if they don't see a familiar name? People blame the ballots for the outcome of an election? We really deserve the people we put in office.

    September 16, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. educated american (legal)

    is this how dumb the media and the elite think the voting public is? that they are too dumb to find a person's name on a ballot?

    but people voted GWB and BHO- I guess you can call them the Democrat/Republican party sheep....

    vote them all out, vote in the constitution and individual responsibilty....

    September 16, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. John Savage

    Should make them easier to count/recount.

    September 16, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Florida Independent

    Floridians do not like turncoats and opportunists. Charlie Crist showed his real colors when he figured he could not win the GOP nomination and decided to run as an independent. I would have voted for him if he had won the GOP race but now.... NO WAY! Now he backpedals on gay marriage, and gays in the military. It does not matter where a person stands on this issue. What really matters though is the fact that Charlie Crist is all about himself and does not care one bit about the people of Florida. He beats John Kerry as the biggest flip flop in politics. Florida will be better when Charlie Crist fades away from politics after his humiliating defeat in November. Sore loser is what comes to mind coupled with narcissist.

    September 16, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. tag

    sorry charlie.................you are truely sorry!

    September 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Orlando Patriot

    It wouldn't matter if his name was on the first line and BOLDED!! This man would sell his mother for a vote and sell his children if a poll told him to do so. You can fool people only up to a point and his true character finally came out. Vote for Crist if you want to but just remember he is the "establishment" and politicians like him is the reason we are in the mess we are in. We need to get back to where politicians have moral values and character and Crist has neither....

    September 16, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Adam in Colorado

    Just another law that keeps the two party system in a stranglehold over the American Govt.

    September 16, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. mark

    Suck it up crybaby Crist, it's the law. You do know what a law is, right?

    September 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. jim

    The poor media darling Charlie Crist introuble in Florida.Say it ain't so.CNN is going to have to pay for all their anchors to have therapy.

    September 16, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. John Q.

    Hard to believe that where the name is on a ballot is an issue. It means or implies that people have no idea whom they are going to vote for when they get into the booth. How sad. I thought it bad enough that people just look for a "D" or "R" to select... no wonder the country is hurting, and it's worse than I thought.

    September 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Dean

    If people wanted to vote for Crist and his name is on the ballot it should not be a problem whether his name is rirst on the list or ninth on the list.............................UH HO! Wait this is Florida. We all know that people from Florida have trouble with ballots. Poor ol Crist.

    September 16, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Bernice

    Who'd have thunk it..Florida & Delaware are loaded with more uneducated that South Carolina....WOW, amazing!!!

    September 16, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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