October 29th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Foreclosure crisis raising questions for some Florida voters

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/29/art.flforeclose1029.gi.jpg caption="A caller from Florida reached out to CNN's voter hotline about voting when a home is in foreclosure."]
(CNN) – The economy has been Issue #1 for voters in CNN’s polls for several months. As Election Day approaches, the foreclosure crisis means new concerns for some voters who have reached out for information on CNN’s voter hotline.

“My home was recently foreclosed on and I don’t know if I’ll be able to vote in my registered precinct,” a caller for Jacksonville, Florida said in a recent call to CNN. “I was able to for the primary but I don’t know what’s going to happen now.”

Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. Now the rumor that a foreclosure may disqualify someone who is otherwise a properly registered Florida voter has become so widespread that the Secretary of State has addressed the issue on its “Election Myths vs Facts” Web page.

Here’s what the Web page says about foreclosures and voting in Florida:

MYTH: If your house is under foreclosure, you will not be able to vote.

FACT: A foreclosure notice does not necessarily mean that a person no longer resides in the home, as people often remain in the home after foreclosure begins and are sometimes able to refinance the home. Voters whose homes have been foreclosed but who remain in their homes may continue to vote in their assigned precinct. Voters who have physically moved from their foreclosed residence with no intention of returning to that address as their residence may still vote, but should provide a change of address to the supervisor of elections. You must vote in your correct precinct.

If you live in Florida, click here to go to Florida's Election Myths vs. Facts Web page

If you don't live in Florida, click here for a list of links to info on other states

Filed under: Economy • Florida • Voter Problems
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Bob, Minneapolis

    Gary, if you vote for Sara Palin, you will be aiding and abetting the
    destruction of our country because you are too stubborn, prejudice,
    ignorant or all three to realize that this woman is not qualified to run
    this country. Would you send YOUR children to a teacher not qualified
    to teach? ?That would be Palin. Four star general Colin Powell told
    you so himself. Who do you want to believe? Sarah Palin or Colin
    Powell? I believe Colin has our country's best interest first.

    October 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Independent in NC

    How is this the Republicans trying to taking away your vote? The response to the myth is what the Repubs have been saying the whole time – if you no longer live in a certain district, you can't vote in that district – you have to vote in the one you live in. It's really not that difficult of a concept to understand. And if you determine your right to vote based on a rumor and not from contacting the Board of Elections, then you're stupid.

    October 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    NOT going to work. Everyone KNOWS that McCain and Palin has caused HAS DIVIDED THIS COUNTRY AND TURNED HISTORY BACK 100YRS. They have caused the most mean hearted people to surface at these so call rallies.

    I would go on, BUT no need. WE ARE NO LONGER THE FOOLS YOU AND THE REPUBS THOUGHT WE WERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |

    Decide for yourself.


    October 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Abe

    We have one of the highest foreclosure rates here in Tampabay and we definetlly need new competent leadership in the whitehouse to address this issue.

    I have no hope on McCain as he seems to follow the same policy with Bush who led us into this mess in the first place.

    October 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. John Mccain

    GARY your an idoit. I love barrack obama we just have different ideologies.

    October 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. rahepee

    who are the liar's? October 29th, 2008 6:36 pm ET

    FYI to all the Bush haters out here on CNN, It was the liberal crowd who caused the mortgage crisis, in other words, the Democrats.

    I beg to differ on this point. McCain and the rest of GOP have continually pushed for deregulation of the financial market. This means that unscrupulous lenders and investors took advantage of the fact that there was no federal oversight. The blame is squarely on the GOP's shoulders and no amount of spin on your part, or on the part of Rush and his hate jock buddies is ever going to change that. As your 401(k) shrinks into the sunset, you can thank the GOP philosophies of "trickle down" and "laisez faire" for your new found poverty.

    October 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Sue

    Even if your house has been foreclosed on!!
    Get registered, or register at the polls if your state allows it.
    Go to your local county clerks office and get registered!!!!

    October 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. rm

    @ GARY:

    You need to resume taking your medicine again.

    October 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Angela, WA

    I'm so glad this is almost over so McCain can surge himself back home. The snarly remarks through gritted teeth will not be missed. The nose in the air, you are beneath me stares from Cindy will not be missed. Oh and Sarah, will definately not be missed. In fact I'd like to send her back to Alaska early. Just in time to watch Barack Obama become our next president.

    Tick tock....come on November 4th.

    Can't wait forever to get rid of George W. Bush

    October 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Vegas

    Maybe you should pay your bills?

    Oh yea... that wouldn't be the American way...

    October 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Already voted for "that one"

    During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.
    A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank)

    October 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Sally from Cali

    I heard that if Obama wins Palin is leaving America. She and her secessionist husband are going back to their country, Alaska.

    What does she care about foreclosures in America anyway?

    October 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Enough of Joe the Plumber

    How can McCain and Palin still be talking about Joe the Plumber when
    he was clearly exposed as a non tax paying Fraud?

    October 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Well we KNOW McCain knowns nothing about the economy, he OWES 8-9 HOUSES. If he sell one, he would be in a position to help at least 100 homes who are in foreclosure, owners KEEP their homes.

    CNN....ARE we paying for the FAKE Joe the Plummer security?????

    October 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Brian

    John McCain, if you're going to write on this blog, why use 'Gary' as a pen-name?

    October 29, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. rm

    Jeb Bush spoke at at rally today and told the crowd to vote early and vote often. My God, if a Democrat would have said that, there would be an ad up and running by the dirty republicans by tomorrow.

    October 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. deb in Colo

    Florida needs to get it's act together – it's NOT a good thing to be in the electoral hot seat to often.

    October 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Forclosed homes? With the 660 million Obama raked in he should buy all the foreclosed homes and give them back to the owners instead of buying tv time for himself. This guy has a very bad case of entitlement and I would be lying if I said I hope he loses the election.. Where I come from you have to earn your way to the top, not talk your way. McCain Uspet!

    October 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Sue

    To Gary –

    After reading your blog, I'm convinced that your case you highlighted in qoutes is simply a denial of personal experience.

    October 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Sharon

    This is great for Obama. I am quite disturbed about all the hate, terrorist, racial, war mongering ads attacks Republicans are doing! None are true – all fact checked!! They did it in 2000 & 2004. America is financially in meltdown!! Enough of Republicans!!! And I am Republican!! And this is first time at age 64 I voted for a Democrat.

    October 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. rahepee

    veteran –

    So, because Obama advocates having the rich pay their fair share in taxes, he's a communist and socialist. So paying taxes is redistibution of wealth? Then let's abolish taxes and all the social systems they fund. You want someone to protect you from criminals? Sorry, no police department. Funded with taxes. House on fire or a loved one having a stroke? Sorry, no fire department or paramedics because they're socialist entities. Jihadists are planting bombs on the Statue of Liberty? Sorry no National Guard, CIA, FBI, or armed forces will take care of them...they are all socialist organizations too, funded by taxes. You as a veteran should appreciate that...especially if you're pulling benefits from the VA. If you are, you sir, are a socialist...because my tax dollars have been redistributed to you...

    October 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Already voted for "that one"

    Dear CNN, please do a ticker about how John McCain killed an American citizen in 1964 with his car & about how the military covered it up. Do you suppose that if Barack Obama had killed an American citizen that this story would get a bit more play time in the news cycle, just a thought. Instead we get to hear about Sarah Palin's latest lie about Barack Obama all day again??? Please try to be a little more careful when you are trying to make this election closer with your interesting selection of stories to cover. Please say CNN has not turned into FOX NEWS little brother & partner in lies.

    October 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. marta

    I think that instead of critizing Senator Obama about the use of the monies that has been donated to him, We need to really hear what Americans are saying about how much they believe in him. In such a time of hardship their donations say " We are contributing to theCure for the Cause, I dont ever think McCain/Palin every saw this coming..
    They underestimated the power of the American people

    October 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. az voter

    My heart goes out to those who are losing their homes. It doesn’t seem that all's right-side-up any more. It’s a bad time to be a disenfranchised voter too.

    We should all just calm down and take a step back, breath deeply, and go vote. Vote your hearts out.

    If the shoe was on the other foot and your candidate was losing the race you'd be throwing the same mud.

    It's just politics ... don't get all wrapped around the axle over all the media bologna and have a stroke. Just a few more days and we can all settle into a different path

    October 29, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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