Charter Amendment Passes

Here's a table, filched from the county elections office:

Registered Voters: 1,050,581
Ballots Cast: 150,399
Voter Turnout: 14.32 %

CHARTER AMENDMENT
744 of 744 Precincts Completely Reporting
Percent Votes
YES
56.48% 84,351
NO
43.52% 64,984
Total 149,335

Wait a minute….

Ballots Cast: 150,399. Votes total 149,335.

More than a thousand people turned up to vote for this (or submitted absentee ballots) and voted blank? What's up with that? Isn't that a remarkably high rate of spoiled e-ballots for an election with exactly ONE question on it?

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4 Responses to Charter Amendment Passes

  1. Brett Bellmore says:

    Eh, the ballot arrives, you can’t make up your mind, what are you going to do with it? I suppose at least sometimes you’re going to send it back blank… It’s got a post paid envelope, doesn’t it?

    Frankly, though, don’t you think these things ought to have quorum requirements?

  2. anon says:

    Most Miami-Dade County absentee ballots do not have postage paid envelopes. I believe that those sent to members of the Armed Forces do have postage paid envelopes, as the Supervisor’s office sent me one incorrectly last year. I had to call and have a regular absentee ballot sent. Anyone who is not in the military who returned an absentee ballot blank either had to take it to the elections office or mail it back with their own stamp.

  3. Brett Bellmore says:

    “Most Miami-Dade County absentee ballots do not have postage paid envelopes.”

    Remarkable. They do hereabouts. (SE Michigan)

    Doesn’t that, by the standards of the voter ID debate, constitute a poll tax? 😉

  4. anon says:

    “Doesn’t that, by the standards of the voter ID debate, constitute a poll tax? ;)”

    No, you can have someone deliver it to the Supervisor’s office for you; you don’t have to use the USPS.

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