Presidential Election Decided, But Florida Still Counting Ballots

Nov 8, 2012

Don’t feel bad, Palm Beach County.

A peek inside the warehouse where Palm Beach County votes get tallied.
Credit C. DiMattei

You aren’t the only Florida voting district still counting ballots, trying to nail down once and for all which presidential candidate won the Sunshine State.

As of Wednesday, eight Florida counties were still crunching the numbers: Broward, Escambia, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Pinellas and Putnam. 

The problems in Palm Beach County started long before Election Day, when a ballot misprint forced elections office workers to hand-copy thousands of absentee ballots so they could be read by the county’s scanning machines.  Despite assurances by state election officials that the work would be done by Election Day, those ballots were still being duplicated well into Tuesday night.

Calls and e-mails by WLRN-Miami Herald News to Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher have gone unanswered.  But apparently, a bit of a spat broke out Wednesday morning among Canvassing Board members called in to review more than 8,000 absentee and provisional ballots.

The clock is ticking for Florida election officials. Results must be delivered to the state by this Saturday.  And then Florida needs to certify the election results on November 20th.