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. ulric

    The entire blame for this all time high foreclosure rate rest on derugulation supported by the republicans and their friends the greedy ceo who manipulated their loan criteria to make loans easier to get inorder for them to make big bonuses they the ceo should be in jail becoz they knew what they were doing

    October 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Pat

    Freedom for fries October 29th, 2008 7:39 pm ET


    You need to drink some more Kool-Aid with those fries!


    October 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Don

    Another Republican Failure. First we are bombed by our own planes while our Rep. Prez is asleap at the wheel. Then Republican corprate board members vote themselve billions as they trade and errode the value of U.S. companys. Then Oil goes from the Clinton $12 to the Bush/Chaney $150 a barrel. Then Bush says no tax for the rich.
    Then Bush turns Iraq into a 10 billion a month hole to dump our money into. Not to mention the lives and bodies of our troops.

    One good thing it looks like some small town in Texas is going to get the town idiot back.

    October 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Devils advocate

    Ever wonder how the demise of the american economy and the rise of a political presidental candidate that has no 'real" background become main stream??? Kinda feel like the lambs being led to slaughter??? Makes you wonder if this was a sleeper plot agenda from the socialist underground from the beginning? And before you go you are a nut you need to think about all the events that have happened in our American society since 911.....kinda makes you go HUMMMMM.

    October 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Laura

    If elected, obama can do one of 3 things: raise taxes, increase the federal deficit, or cut out his entitlement programs. He will not be able to keep his promises without hurting our economy any more. Something to think about before you vote.

    October 29, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Ben

    CNN why do close down comments so quickly on critical topics like Shay breaking from his party ranks. It honestly looks bad and feels a bit like it was forced by the powers that be. Please turn it around...you guys are better than that. People ougght to be able to speak there minds about this situation. One thing Fox can say is on the article regarding Biden's interview with a vicious interviewer at least that commentary box had close to 1000 comments.

    If we truly are the free media then we ought be inclusive....we all have opinions....the downright evil ones can be screened but everyone else ought to speak...thank you for listening.

    An America

    October 29, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Griff

    Away to go Obama! You have these poor Idiot in your Borack-Back-Pocket....... To think you could do, What Osama Binladen couldn't do...
    Ground Zero??? You have the poor sucker kissing your feet....

    October 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. John McCain's Uncle

    GARY you're very STUPID...
    Slandering about somebody and discussing issues, which one is devisive? I think Repubs are in total denial.

    I'm John McCain's uncle, and I support this message. I think "that one" is more qualified than my stupid fat liar nephew

    October 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Both Barack and Michelle Obama graduated from the best law schools in America and with outstanding honors. Senator Obama taught Constitutional Law at Harvard which is a plus for all of us because the constitution is a governing factor. Education is important in more ways than one and most important being educated teaches us how to express ourselves in an intelligent manner rather than ignorance.

    October 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Ben

    Why does Palin blasting Obama get 500+ comments and The Shay breaking from the republican philosophy and die hard mumness about fact that are evident, not getting enough air time??

    October 29, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    October 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. ulric

    Hey scott and gary you guys seem like your medula oblongata is been misappropriated by been fill with a bunch self serving information that you stand to gain nothing from. check yourself in a clinic to detox those idiotic knowledge

    October 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. KLEE

    there isn't a liberal america – there isn't a conservative american there is just a United States of America – heard speech from Obama on TV – inspiring and touches your soul – i have never been so taken by an election in my life and i've been around for awhile….let's do it right – keep it honest – and stay between the lines. thank you and good night

    October 29, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Barry O

    Don- asleap? errode? corprate? companys?

    your sentense strukture is good, but your speling not so muche.

    October 29, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Griff

    I've got a lovely bunch of Co-co Nuts.Every one is standing in a row. Big one's Smalls one's...

    October 29, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Artful

    Gary, you really shouldn't write prior to taking you medication. Seriously though, you are emblematic of what the Republican party has become. A bunch of whining, lying, self righteous, hateful people. I'm really sorry that your mother didn't hug you and that your dad didn't toss you the ball in the back yard. I'm sorry that your first girlfriend kicked you in the nads, that the military said thanks but no thanks, that No name community college rejected your application, that you were fired from your dish washing job, that your preacher took you out back or what ever else has led you to the previously stated state of being. However, please move to Alaska, start a revolution, create an independent nation and let the rest of us get on with trying to return some of America's glory!

    October 29, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Be Serious

    The $660 million Obama raise would not but too many foreclosed upon homes. Also, many, many small contributors were the ones who contributed that money and they want change. Obama's TV "infomercial" was Obama trying to further the "change" movement for them. It was not an "entitlement" or an "arrogance" on Obama's part. He is being a honest politician by giving his supporters what they want.

    Also, with the way he has managed his campaign, it bodes well for how he will manage the country.

    Go Obama, Go!

    October 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Using my brain and voting McCain!

    Regardless of who wins POTUS, this economy will work itself out. Obama would have you believe this is the ONLY important issue. Iran and a few others are just waiting with baited breath...our futre is not safe and we need a strong leader to keep this great nation from falling to our enemies. Think long and hard before you vote to start this country into the deathfall of socialism.

    October 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Chunky

    I think CNN has went from mostly "pro-Obama" to a more middle line as of late. I think they want to keep the race tighter and more interesting (and raise more advertising dollars).

    October 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Meka

    This is exactly what Senator Obama has been talking about. Having your home foreclosed on, doesn't make you any less of an American. Is it because of Senator Obama's "Surge" in Florida? It just continues to get worst for American's. Where is the DEMOCRACY. . .that we insist the ENTIRE GLOBE should follow.

    Is this how America LEADS THE WORLD?

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. ulric

    Gary and scott had too much too much of limbaugh and sean hannity. these host are paid to promote their so called conservatives doctrine. get some grip guys becoz you seem to be in oblivion with been crack. fyi crack is wack

    October 29, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. Cathy in Vermont

    Repubs tried this in Detroit too. For shame.

    October 29, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Syed Shamsuddoha

    Palin the absolute blunder will have to look for a new job just after the election. I don't know what does she have left to preach any more. She has been preaching all her negative garbages to the people who love to hear her garbage. Complete disaster for the McCain campaign. Oh well, McCain dug his own hole by taking this unprecedented risk and is now paying for this.

    Ditch both McCain and Palin and let America get its face back with pride – my appeal to all the Americans. These both are big liars and have been trying to manipulate the voters by lying; by trying to tie Obama with the terrorists, with the the radicals, with ACORN and with others. These are the people that treat Muslims with hatred and by doing so they also portrayed Obama to a Muslim and showed their hatred towards the Muslims and towards the next US president. Shame on both of them. People are people – there should be no distinction between Muslims and Jews – McCain-Palin were so arrogant that they made themselves enemies to the whole Muslim world. Even most of the Jews don't hate the Muslims. Even their other halves know that they have been lying all the time. They even don't have any respect to this Ivy League graduate. How would they when they don't have good education. What a shame for this discarded and dishonorable POS and he is called a war veteran. Shame shame shame



    October 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. former gop

    Not a problem vote for Palin. She'll solve the housing crisis, you betcha. (wink)

    October 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    It's a sad state of affairs when you have to fact check whether you, as an American citizen, can vote. The Republicans are trying to win this one any which way they can. Disgraceful.

    October 29, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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