Sorry, two of the hearings have passed but their is still one this Thursday. And for those of you who don't live in South Florida, please delete.
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Subject: PUBLIC HEARINGS ON NEW RECOUNT PROCEDURES
Listen-up everyone! We need your presence at these VERY important public
meetings in Florida, concerning Voter Recount hearings! We need to let our
voices be heard and known! Last week, we had only 4-5 people show-up at the
meeting held in Miami. Come-by car, bus, and/or train, to the closest
location to you! But BE THERE!! I can not stress enough, the importance of
these meetings. We can not let our votes NOT count again!! Speak-up America!
ACTION ALERT: POST FAR AND WIDE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3rd, 2001
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON NEW RECOUNT PROCEDURES
Rule Title: Rule No.:
Clear Indication of Voter's Choice on a Ballot 1S-2.027
Recount Procedures 1S-2.031
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 2001
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Place: Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Bldg., Renaissance Room, 1st Fl,
117 West Duval St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2001
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Place: Tampa Airport Authority, 1101 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Date: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Place: 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Sparse Turnout on Fla. Recount Rules
By KEN THOMAS
.c The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) - Just four people turned out Monday for the first of six public hearings on new standards to help election workers decide what ballots should be included in recounts.
``They are turning out to be a lot less controversial than we thought they would be,'' Division of Elections director Clay Roberts said.
In last year's presidential election, a ballot could have been invalidated if it included two votes for one candidate - for example, if a voter filled in an oval and also wrote in a candidate's name.
Under the new standards, the ballot would be counted because the voter's intent was clear.
New guidelines also require elections workers to count ballots where an oval was left blank but the candidate's name was circled or underlined.
The rules are scheduled to take effect in January, but state officials could change them in response to public comment during the six hearings scheduled across the state.
Last year's recount was hampered by questions over chads. The Florida Legislature this year ordered that all punch-card machines be retired and replaced with optical-scan or touch-screen systems. Elections officials said the new rules should prevent most problems involving optical-scan ballots.
George W. Bush won Florida, and thus the White House, by 537 votes over Al Gore following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that halted the state's recount.
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