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Thursday, March 27th, 2008

MI, FLA Left Standing After Primary Election Musical Chairs

Musical ChairsLooks like the game of primary election musical chairs may have ended, and now Michigan is left standing. Florida appears to be is in the same boat too, but — what timing! — today Florida Senator Bill Nelson, declaring “the system is broken,” proposed a package of national election reforms including regional primaries, the end of the Electoral College, and a proposal to examine secure internet voting.

The Michigan news came across my desk yesterday from the Detroit News (via Time):

DETROIT — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled Michigan’s presidential primary law unconstitutional and blocked the state from giving voter lists from the Jan. 15 election to the state’s major political parties.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union, arguing on behalf of several small political parties, that the law’s provision giving the list of voters’ partisan preference only to the Democratic and Republican parties violated the rights of other parties.

What is wrong with our election system that we can’t count votes of folks who have gone to the polls to cast ballots? Entire states of citizens wanting their voices to be heard? Parties can’t agree with states, and states can’t agree with parties. Who loses? The people. What can we do about it? (more…)

Friday, February 15th, 2008

An Unconventional Convention?

Norman J. OrnsteinOf all the wild scenarios spun out for the 2008 presidential campaign, perhaps the least likely was the one we face: a Republican contest that was effectively over the morning after Super Tuesday, and a Democratic cage match that could go on and on and on — all the way to a tumultuous and unpredictable convention in August.

I, for instance, offered an unconventional convention scenario back in July, noting that the uniquely early start (called “front loading”) of the primary process, combined with the compressed schedule, could provide a formula for an extended, pitched battle, with no candidate getting close to a majority after Super Tuesday. But I made it clear that this was more likely to happen on the Republican side, where many plausible candidates were running against one another and none seemed to be getting more than tepid support.

The Democrats, on the other hand, already had a front-running candidate, highly regarded by most Democratic partisans, and an enthusiastic electorate that wanted to pick a nominee and get on with the big battle — ending the Bush era once and for all. (more…)

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Voting: Who For, and How?

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — With the onset of Super Tuesday, the Press has started reporting on Barack Obama’s ability to mobilize new, youth and Independent voters, the other candidates’ advantages among established, older voters, and Hillary Clinton’s advantage among Hispanic and female voters. This week’s issue of TIME Magazine reports that Obama’s campaign tactics are more effective in states with forward-thinking election law. Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada have Same-Day Registration. Florida has early voting, but the DNC has stripped the Sunshine State’s democrats of their delegates, Republicans were able to keep half of theirs. (more…)

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

AP: Florida Turnout Doesn’t Set Record

AP

The AP reports turnout in Florida was around 30 percent, nearly 30 percent less than the all-time record turnout in Florida set in 1972. That said, as we reported in our latest video, no delegates are being seated from Florida for the Democrats, and turnout was still up over recent years. Mitch Stay writes:

Turnout was estimated at 30 percent, with about 3 million voters casting ballots — 1.4 million Democrats and 1.6 million Republicans. That was well up from the approximately 20 percent who cast ballots in the 2000 and 2004 presidential primaries, which was held after the nominees were decided, and the 2006 gubernatorial primary.

Click here for the full article.

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

NYT: Surge in Early Balloting in Florida, Record Turnout To Follow?

NYT

Florida is one of the 35 states that offers its residents the option of voting early, in person or by no-excuse absentee ballot (in the other 15 states, it’s Tuesday or bust). Looks like people are taking Florida up on the offer, and record turnout might follow. Adam Nagourney reports for the New York Times:

By Friday night, nearly 350,000 Democrats had cast early votes, either in person or by mail, and party officials predicted that about 400,000 will have voted by Election Day. By contrast, just 97,000 Democrats voted early in the 2004 presidential primary, which was not as intensely contested. There are 4.14 million Democrats registered to vote in Florida.

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Three days before Floridians line up at the polls here, the number of Democrats who have voted here has already exceeded the turnout in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Full story here.

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Up Next: Florida, Where Millions Can’t Vote?

CNNPolitics.com

Lou Dobbs ran an interesting story during his program last night. Apparently, because of a record amount of citizenship applications in Florida, those who have applied recently are facing delays in the process, forcing some to sit out this election. Here are the story highlights from CNNPolitics.com:

• 1.4 million immigrants have applied to become naturalized citizens
• Amount is double the number that filed naturalization applications last year
• Processing time has risen from seven to 18 months
• Immigrant advocacy groups angered by delay, says government can do more

Full story here. (more…)

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