Polling snafu costs woman her vote

After watching Florida’s role in the 2000 presidential election, we had hoped such nonsense was behind us.

But that wasn’t the case on Tuesday.

When one Navarre resident went to Holley to cast her vote, she noticed the incorporation straw poll wasn’t on the ballot.

Turns out, the county sent the voter, who lives in the Duncan Ridge subdivision, to the wrong precinct. Sort of. According to votesantarosa.com, she voted at the correct spot. But according to the county’s GIS Mapping Department, she should have voted in Precinct 26.

Once the discrepancy was uncovered, Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane sent out an alert to election clerks telling them to send voters from the Duncan Ridge area to Precinct 26.

That’s all fine and good, but what about the people who already voted, but weren’t given the proper ballot because of this apparent mix-up? What sort of recourse do they have?

According to Villane, there’s nothing they can do about it.

That’s unacceptable. Voting is a fundamental American right. Our country is a republic and our residents have the responsibility to elect their leaders and decide the future of their communities.

And our leaders have the responsibility to look after their constituents. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time around.

We’re hoping this was an anomaly and, for the most part, voting was error free.

We were pleased that voter turnout was 43.15 percent, which was more than twice the turnout seen during the August primary. According to Tuesday night’s unofficial results, 53,690 voters cast their ballots in the county. In the last non-presidential general election, voter turnout was slightly higher at 45.06 percent.


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