A Florida county that was the focus of national attention for ballot-counting issues in 2000 is back under the spotlight with electoral problems this year. The latest issue? At least 77 voters in Palm Beach County who requested absentee ballots had to wait weeks for them or still haven't received them , reports The Palm Beach Post.
One possible explanation, according to the chief of a local postal workers union, is that the elections office may have incorrectly coded some of the ballots. But county elections supervisor Susan Bucher "denied that either the bar codes or lack of postage caused delays that have absentee voters worried and angry," according to the Post.
The Obama campaign's chief counsel in Florida, Steven Rosenthal, sent Bucher a letter on Wednesday asking why "scores" of voters hadn't received their ballots yet.
Regardless of the reason for the holdup, frustration is mounting among some voters. Joe and Amanda Wilcox, who are from Lake Worth, Fla., but are stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., have not yet received absentee ballots from Palm Beach County despite requesting them at least three times since September.
"We're angry. We want to vote. We have a right to vote. It's one of our rights, and it's pretty much being taken away from us because it's not like we can vote here. Our only choice is to vote in Florida. But we can't vote in Florida because no one will send us our ballot," Amanda Wilcox told CBS 12.
In West Palm Beach, a woman named Mona Reis has addressed a different voting problem by filing a lawsuit against Bucher. The elections supervisor reportedly told Reis that her absentee ballot won't count in the general election because her signature on the ballot did not match the signature the county had on file.
Reis' lawyer, Louis Silber, told WPBF, "So she said, 'Well, can I vote in person, or can I vote some other way?' And the supervisor told Mona that your voting experience is now over. So we've filed this lawsuit."
Here are some other election-related news items collected Friday by The Huffington Post:
A Texas purge of voter registrations made many mistakes, including incorrectly matching the names of some state residents with deceased people around the country and then threatening to drop the Texans from the voter rolls, according to the Houston Chronicle. "Voters in legislative districts across Texas with heavy concentrations of Hispanics or African-Americans were more often targeted in that flawed purge effort, according to the Chronicle's analysis of more than 68,000 voters identified as possibly dead," the paper writes.
A woman in Prince George's County, Md., says she tried to vote early for President Barack Obama but the voting machine defaulted to Mitt Romney, MyFoxDC.com reports. "I went back and my 'X' was under Mitt Romney," she told the TV station. "I was very disgusted. I was upset, like what is going on here?" An election worker helped her fix the ballot.
An elections worker in Clackamas County, Ore., is under criminal investigation for possible voter fraud, reports the Willamette Week. "Sources familiar with the incident say their understanding is that the woman filled in a straight Republican ticket on the ballots where preferences had been left blank by voters," the paper writes.
In Cook County, Ill., a number of voters who needed to complete their registrations were mistakenly sent the personal information of other voters, Palatine Patch reports. Officials said they've emailed all voters who could have been affected and assured that the personal information sent out "should not pose a risk of identity theft."
A record 22-inch-long ballot in Saginaw Township, Mich., may have driven many voters to request absentee ballots this year, reports MLive.com. "When they come in for a ballot, they want to take it home and research the proposals and make a decision," said Saginaw Township Clerk Shirley Wazny. "It's great they want to be informed citizens."
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus looks at the pros and cons of early voting. She praises its convenience but says it undermines the "quadrennial ritual" of everyone voting together on Election Day. She adds, "Early voting is the civic manifestation of the modern age: fragmented, individualistic and solitary."
HuffPost Live host-producer Jacob Soboroff writes that it's time to move Election Day to the weekend so that more people can vote. "The United States is the world's most famous democracy, yet we rank near the bottom of all nations in voter turnout," Soboroff argues. "So why, when U.S. Census data says most Americans don't vote because it's inconvenient, do we vote on Tuesday smack in the middle of the week? Because it was -- ironically -- convenient for people that traveled by horse and buggy when the law was set in 1845."
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2012 -- Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters following his victory speech on election night in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
2008 -- Barack Obama
Nov. 4, 2008: U.S. president-elect Barack Obama waves at his supporters during his election night victory rally at Grant Park in Chicago. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
2004 -- George W. Bush
In this Nov. 3, 2004 file photo, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush salute and wave during an election victory rally at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
2000 -- George W. Bush
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush casts his vote in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2000. (PAUL RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
1996 -- Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton, wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea wave to supporters in front of the Old State House during an election night celebration in Little Rock, Ark. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
1992 -- Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton and Al Gore celebrate in Little Rock, Arkansas after winning in a landslide election on November 3, 1992. (AP Photo)
1988 -- George H. W. Bush
President-elect George Bush and his family celebrate his victory on November 8,1988 at the Brown Convention Center in Houston. (WALT FRERCK/AFP/Getty Images) <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> An earlier version of this slide was titled "George W. Bush." It has been fixed.</em>
1984 -- Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan gives a thumbs-up to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles as he celebrates his re-election, Nov. 6, 1984, with first lady Nancy Reagan at his side. (AP Photo/File)
1980 -- Ronald Reagan
President-elect Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy wave to well-wishers on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1980 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles after his election victory. (AP Photo)
1976 -- Jimmy Carter
Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter embraces his wife Rosalynn after receiving the final news of his victory in the national general election on November 2, 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1972 -- Richard Nixon
U.S. President Richard M. Nixon meets at Camp David, Maryland, on November 13, 1972 to discuss the Vietnam situation with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger (L) and Maj. Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr.(R), Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. (Photo by AFP PHOTO/NATIONAL ARCHIVE/Getty Images)
1968 -- Richard Nixon
President-elect Richard M. Nixon and his wife, Pat, were a picture of joy at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, Nov. 6, 1968, as he thanked campaign workers. At left are David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon's fiance, Julie and her sister Tricia at center. (AP Photo)
1964 -- Lyndon Johnson
President Lyndon Johnson proves he's a pretty good cowhand as he puts his horse, Lady B, through the paces of rounding up a Hereford yearling on his LBJ Ranch near Stonewall, Texas, on November 4, 1964. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)
1960 -- John F. Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy peeps over the shoulder of her father, Senator John F. Kennedy, as he gave her a piggy-back ride November 9, 1960 at the Kennedy residence in Hyannis Port, Mass. It was the first chance president-elect Kennedy had to relax with his daughter in weeks. (AP Photo)
1956 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon salute cheering workers and Republicans at GOP election headquarters in Washington, November 7, 1956, after Adlai Stevenson conceded. (AP Photo)
1952 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
President-elect Dwight Eisenhower and first lady-elect Mamie Eisenhower wave to the cheering, singing crowd in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Commodore in New York City on Nov. 5, 1952 after Gov. Adlai Stevenson conceded defeat. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)
1948 -- Harry S. Truman
U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which, based on early results, mistakenly announced "Dewey Defeats Truman" on November 4, 1948. The president told well-wishers at St. Louis' Union Station, "That is one for the books!" (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)
1944 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin Roosevelt greets a young admirer as he sits outside his home in Hyde Park, N.Y., on election night, November 7, 1944. Behind him stands his daughter, Mrs. Anna Roosevelt Boettinger and the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. (AP Photo)
1940 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) speaking to a crowd of 25,000 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 8, 1940, before his sweeping re-election for a third term. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1936 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Republican Governor of Kansas and presidential candidate, Alfred Landon (1887 - 1987) greeting the American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) (seated) prior to the presidential elections. Future United States President Harry S. Truman can been seen in the background. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
1932 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York at his Hyde Park, N.Y. home November 6, 1932, seen at the conclusion of the arduous months of campaigning following his presidential nomination in Chicago. (AP Photo)
1928 -- Herbert Hoover
President-elect Herbert Hoover is seated at a table with wife, Lou, and joined by other family members on Nov. 9, 1928. Standing from left: Allan Hoover; son; Margaret Hoover, with husband, Herbert Hoover, Jr.,at right. Peggy Ann Hoover, daughter of Herbert Hoover Jr., sits with her grandmother. (AP Photo)
1924 -- Calvin Coolidge
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge and first lady Grace Coolidge are shown with their dog at the White House portico in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5, 1924. (AP Photo)
1920 -- Warren Harding
Senator Warren Harding, with wife Florence and his father George, shown on Aug. 27, 1920. (AP Photo)
1916 -- Woodrow Wilson
Surrounded by crowds, President Woodrow Wilson throws out the first ball at a baseball game in Washington in this 1916 photo. (AP Photo)
1912 -- Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924), the future American president, casts his vote while Governor of New Jersey, on Nov. 14, 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)