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[GreenYes] To Floridians - Election reform hearings

 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.
 
Ann Schneider
VoterMarch West
 
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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!
 
Vilma Fox
 
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
 
 
JACKSONVILLE, FL
 
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
 
 
TAMPA, FL
 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.
 
On the Net:
Division of Elections:
http://election.dos.state.fl.us/laws/ProposedRules/index.shtml

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