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Florida’s 29 Electoral Votes Finally Go to Obama

| On 10, Nov 2012

New York Times Florida Election 2012 vote count

Florida is finally a blue state. (Screen shot via The New York Times)

Florida election officials ought to be ashamed of themselves.

We are a full four days after the close of Election Day on Tuesday and the state is just now finalizing its presidential vote tally.

President Obama won the state’s 29 electoral votes by just over 73,000 popular votes. He took 50 percent of the vote compared to Mitt Romney’s 49.1 percent. Now the president has 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

The burning question on everyone’s mind is why in the hell it took Florida so long to finalize its vote count. Part of the reason, according to NBC News, is that the vote tally was so close that it prevented officials from calling the race for a specific candidate. Also, extremely long voting lines kept officials from closing up shop at a reasonable hour on Tuesday night.

So despite several disenfranchisement efforts in Florida, the people have spoken. They endured being removed from the rolls, turned away from the polls, cars being towed at voting locations, and massive lines to make their voices heard.

I am proud of the people of Florida, no matter what their party affiliation is. Their election officials, though, have some explaining to do. An archaic process such as this has no place in the modern election era.

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