Florida politics took center stage during the election in 2000 when a vote recount was ordered. The recount ultimately determined who would become the President of the United States at the time. As everyone is aware of, George W. Bush won the recount, and with it, the White House. But that wasn’t the first and only time that weird stuff has happened in Florida politics.
Yesterday news broke that Florida’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2 was left completely off at least one ballot in Broward County. Broward County is considered to be a county that would be more favorable to the medical marijuana initiative, given its high rate of affiliated Democrats. Per the Sun Sentinel:
Former Oakland Park Commissioner Anne Sallee noticed something troubling about her vote-by-mail ballot. It is missing Constitutional Amendment 2, the medical marijuana question.
Sallee, now president of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, knows her way around government. Yet she said she spent a week unsuccessfully trying to get someone at the Broward elections office to pay attention to her complaint.
“They said, ‘Oh, no, you’re mistaken. It’s there,’ ” she recounted.
The ballot, a scanned image of which Sallee sent to the Sun Sentinel, goes from Amendment 1 to Amendment 3.
Broward Elections Supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes has maintained that it was an isolated incident, caused by Florida ballot requirements. The ballots were printed off site at a private company. In Florida different ballot layouts are required depending on a person’s city, County Commission district or other boundaries. Dr. Snipes claims that they were unable to locate even one other ballot that matched Anne Sallee’s with the missing Amendment 2.
However, Anne Sallee maintains that her husband’s ballot was also missing the question, as did the ballots of some of her neighbors. Dr. Snipes was recently cleared of wrong doing from previous alleged election violations, including printing ballots for the November election which had swapped ‘yes’ and ‘no’ boxes. Dr. Snipes’ office was also investigated for posting results from Florida’s primary before polls had closed.