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No one is being held accountable for election laws broken in Florida

Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2001

For the last six weeks the whole world watched the media's coverage of the trouble Florida had with its election process. People with voter ID cards could not vote because they were not on the county's list. Police were stopping and harassing minorities on the way to precincts. Absentee ballots were not counted because of various reasons: no postmarks, etc. Absentee applications not having a voter ID number on them were altered by a certain party and all others were thrown out.

Laws were broken in Florida, but no one is held accountable.

Judgment Day came on Dec. 12, 2000, 6 p.m. AST. Given the inability to fix the problem in time to comply with federal rules governing the electoral college, the U.S. Supreme Court elected the 43rd president of the United States for the voters. It is also obvious that the recount cannot be computed in compliance with the requirements of equal protection and due process without substantial additional worry. These are the same people who halted the hand recounts in Florida, not just once, but twice to help the clock run out.

There is enough guilt to pass around on all parties involved. Lawyers asked the courts to set a standard for the vice president. The state of Florida has no policy for counting the ballots. No one was willing to establish a standard for counting ballots: not the state of Florida, Secretary of State, Circuit Courts of Florida, state Supreme Court, nor the county voting officials.

God, please help America. We need you now. And please take the politics out of our court systems.

Alvin G. Steele

Clam Gulch

P.S. I smell a skunk, and it's in Florida!



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