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. David

    I don't feel sorry at all for all of you foreclosures. You bought a McMansion when all you really could afford was a single wide trailer. It's your own fault. Now you want the government to help you. Probably you charged all of your credit cards up to the max and want help with them as well. Maybe President Obama will bail you out.

    October 29, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Real Mavericks are Independent

    The Republicans have tried to do everything they can to stop the people from choosing who they want as President, from removing people form the registry who are in the process of being foreclosed on, telling Americans, to vote on Wednesday, stealing peoples absentee ballets, not putting enough voting machines in locals with a lot of minorities, telling people that they need more ID when they do not, and just plane dumping as many people for the registry for no reason at all!

    October 29, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. McKeating

    Im a peaceful Christian man, but if I were God; I would give their unrepentant Souls no exception to my rules. And condem their sinful, hateful, hurtful souls to a special place in Dominion of Satan. Son of Lucifer.
    Of course they can repent as you or I can before its too late.. because you,I & they must speak it with your mouth while you still can. No one is above
    God's Laws.
    Pray America Pray...
    .. “And in the land shall rise the son of Cain” From the north The Deceiver a known Beast of false witness, will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind.
    Can I get an amen...? 🙂

    October 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Mike in Texas

    All you ACORN bashers, read about YPM and Lincoln Strategies and how they are tie to McCain. Slamming voters in states and re-registering them as Republicans. Since the head of YPM was arrested on Saturday October 18 for VOTER FRAUD!!!, the McCain campaign has been mum on ACORN. Seems the head of YPM tries to go all over the country and run petition drives...Only problem you have to be a resident of the state in order to do so.

    October 29, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Zagazaw

    Fact check: Is Columbia professor Khalidi a 'political ally' of Barack Obama?
    Posted: 06:50 PM E Get the facts about Gov. Palin's statements Wednesday.

    The Statement: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaking on Oct. 29 in Bowling Green, Ohio, said Barack Obama "spent a lot of time with" Rashid Khalidi. "Rashid Khalidi, he, in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama, he's a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization," she said.
    The Verdict: Misleading. While Khalidi eight years ago hosted a political fund-raiser for Obama, the two men strongly disagree over the Israeli-Palestinian issue and there's no evidence of a continuing political relationship.

    Fact check: Would Obama hike taxes on small businesses that employ 16 million?

    The Verdict: False. McCain uses an overly broad interpretation of the NFIB survey's figures — applying Obama's tax plan to those figures in a way that is highly unlikely to match reality.

    Fact check: McCain tax cuts give $200 billion to corporations, $4 billion to oil companies?

    The Verdict: True. Obama's statement accurately reflects two studies of McCain's tax proposals.

    October 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. Rachel Maddows


    Have you heard of YPM...? I guess not, hmmm read about it before accusing ACORN. Just like all the republicans, lie, cheat and oh, I do not read and I am NOT EDUCATED!

    October 29, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Boomer

    I just watched Obama's TV ad. It was brilliant and made McCain and Palin look really nasty and trashy by comparison.

    October 29, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Independent for USA only

    As long as you do not fit in $250,000+ annual income group, I do not think McCain and Palin care about you.

    October 29, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    You know I was thinking and thinking and just couldn't put my finger on what was so dishonest about Sarah Palin then I heard her 'energy speech' today and it hit me like a ton a bricks....

    Palin is a lobbyist for Alaska. She is lobbying to bring more jobs to ALASKA, that's it! She knows nothing about the other 'lower 48' nor does she has an interest in learning unless it will benefit Alaska.

    She's playing a lying game with the American people and sadly the Republicans are so full of lobbyist they haven't noticed she's taking them for a long ride right into the pockets of Alaska.

    October 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Southerner

    McCain is no patriot. He is a big coward who funds terrorist groups by giving them grants. McCain you should have never been elected to anything but the PLO, especially since you use tax money to fund them.

    October 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Republicans were attempting to use foreclosed homes as a way of suppressing voters in Michigan and other states. Thank you for clarifying!!

    I am appallled at seeing what Republicans have attempted. New Mexico sued Republicans for suppressing Latino voters- daughter of one lady was employed by police – discovered more cases. Republicans mailed fliers to minorities in certain low income areas , Democrats that they had to vote Nov 5th instead of Nov 4th. Ohio Republicans filed suit wanting election official to purge voters from lists prior to election. Election official won Supreme Court decision. Then President Bush has audacity to ask justice department to investigate and get involved. Yes, Republicans wanted voters removed. And is voter suppression. List of problems goes on and on.

    Republicans stole elections before illegally. Just could not get proven. Not this year!!

    Obama has asked special prosecutor in Washington that is investigating Republicans for abuse to request from justice department and FBI any investigations involving this election.

    October 29, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Republican for Obama - TX

    Texas Teacher,

    I voted for Obama early as well. Way to go!!!

    October 29, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Susan

    Florida is so corrupt, and they know they have so many people who they can dupe out of their vote, so they do it. Every time. I have never supported nationalized elections, but Florida makes it sound reasonable.

    October 29, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |

    If so many questions are being raised, they better get out and vote. NOT JUST VOTE BUT VOTE SMART. STOP SITTING ON THEIR DO-NOTHINGS AND GET WITH THE YES WE CAN MOTTO.


    October 29, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. MS NBC


    Check YPM....they support McCain. We speak of the truth in regards to McCain and Palin. The Republicans cheated in 2000 and 2004...shameful! Unfortunetly losers have to cheat to get ahead in life. How unfortunate

    October 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. get out & vote

    Scott L you are showing your ignorance.

    October 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |


    October 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Tim E

    You have to live in a house in order to vote? Our periodic census, by which we determine not only representation but a myriad other crucial aspects of society, requires a person to declare ALL persons living in their household at the time of the census (time specific). The government allows one person in the household to declare all others, none of which must actually be present at the time of the declaration. It is the word of the declarer that determines the outcome. Under penalty of law. If my word is good enough for the government to determine political representation, funds allocated for a variety of measures, etc., and definitely good enough for determining other persons' whereabouts on a given day, why isn't my word good enough to determine my OWN residency for casting my OWN vote?

    October 29, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |


    October 29, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Thank You

    Thank You Barney Frank!

    October 29, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. Richard A. Spomer

    The problem started way back in the 1990 when Fed Reserve. Chair Alan Greenspan, President Clinton, and the Democratic Party are the sole contributors for the melt down. Now they get to point the finger at the Republicans, and get away with it.

    However things always come back to rest on those related directly or by way indirectly. Obama/Bidin realy get to play stupid when they new what was coming, and the public gets screwed once again by the government.

    October 29, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Ex GOP

    And yet in some areas the Republicans are having poor people removed from the voting rolls because they been foreclosed on. Terrible but true. Also the above fact check about Obama and Khalidi leaves out the part that makes McCains accusation asinine. McCain chaired an organization that donated half a million dollars to Khalidi. It is McCain not Obama who is tied to Khalidi. McCain is a senile idiot to even bring this up.

    October 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |

    TO get out & vote,,,,SCOTT L IS RIGHT,,MARK HIS WORDS,,


    October 29, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. McCain/YPM

    YPM...lets continue with our fraudelent plan and let's keep this hush, hush. We will win this election for John McCain and Sarah Palin. This plan worked in 2000 and 2004 and we were able to get "W" successfully in the White House. I bet it will work again 2008

    October 29, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. waxwing069


    October 29th, 2008 8:01 pm ET



    Anyone with half a brain knows that you can only vote once.. You're just another lousy, senile republican trying to scare others. GET A LIFE....

    October 29, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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