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. McCharles Keating

    Well.. Gee Willikers...

    I hope America knows that the PLO Spokesperson that Palin spoke of today is the McSAME "Rashid Kalidi" that John McCain himself Gave $500 Thousand Dollars to in the 1990's..

    Yepp..Yah BETCHA >> 😛

    October 29, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    If McCain is SO sure he was winning in the polls why do he continue to allow Palin to LIE..............Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, "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,"
    Sarah LEAVE it to YOU not to tell the PART where YOU were not the ONLY one McCain has given THOUSANDS of dollars too. McCain gave Rashid Khalidi.........$1 Million dollars (McCain GAVE), $1 Million dollars(McCain GAVE), $1 Million dollars (McCain GAVE)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By the WAY could Larry King ask McCain would he have told us about what he spent on Palin's wardrobe, her daughters $700 purse or his expensive shoes? We donated to Obama, it's SAD when McCain thinks he has the right to worry about Obama donors or what they donated. Desperation is showing BADLY by him and Palin or should we say the entire Republican party, they do represent them ALL.

    October 29, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Remy

    Those who lose houses, cannot vote. What is the democracy Americans practice in USA? How can a US citizen denied VOTING?

    October 29, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Foreclosure express

    Let's all jump on this bandwagon. We can each foreclose on the Republican ticket come Nov. 4th. PALIN = a truly Pathetic Airhead Loser Imitating a Nazi. MCCAIN = More Conservative and Cunningly Conniving than another Intellectual Numbskull (Bush).

    October 29, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. white and black for Obama

    Okay CNN, to insinuating that Obama have tie with everyone that teaches in the same shcool, is misleading.

    What if, we question McCain campaign why the islamic, folks endorsing Mccain presidency.

    So, Mccain have tie to anti semitism group? because he work with them in the past.
    Is it fair to ask Mccain.

    October 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Bob

    Hmmmm......surprising number of comments criticizing CNN for favoring McCain.....I think we may know what today's paid Obamablogger talking point is....

    CNN=Obama campaign HQ

    October 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. America think for you

    Floridian your republican president still have his big pay check coming to him every week and has no trouble with his morgage. He is to blame some for this mess. Can you afford another four years of the same.

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

    If your republican these days your either rich or stupid.

    October 29, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Why are Republicans working so hard to prevent people from voting. Democrats aren't doing that. Why do Republicans fear actually allowing people to vote? Isn't that contrary to our democratic process? Telling people they can't vote if they have outstanding parking tickets? or it they owe child support? Why? If you're so afraid of democracy that you'll undermine it, how can voters trust you to protect it?

    October 29, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. HouseDiva

    McCain and Palin SURELY don't care if anyone lost their home.

    when the homeless rate spikes...the homeless WILL revolt!

    regardless of who becomes president.....

    what do they have to lose?

    October 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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