Florida’s Big Oops

This 2009 file photo shows a Broward County canvassing board member examining a disputed ballot. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Oops: Broward County in Florida Finds 1K Ballots

Box was misplaced in a warehouse

By John Johnson, Newser Staff

Posted Nov 14, 2012 12:29 PM CST

Florida’s making it a little too easy now for the voting jokes: WSVN reports that Broward County officials have turned up a box with nearly 1,000 uncounted paper ballots in a warehouse. But it’s this line in particular that stands out in the report: “The supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, said this happens all the time …” Upon hearing another elections official explain that the ballots turned up after a search of “every nook and cranny, high and low,” a local mayor wasn’t so blasé. They “had to search high and low to find ballots?” Parkland Mayor Michael Udine asks the Sun-Sentinel. “Something about this seems to erode all the confidence. It’s disgraceful.”

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