Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Election Day – Poll Watching – Gainesville, Florida

November 5, 2008
Jeff Mason at Gainesville Florida Precinct 25

Jeff Mason at Gainesville Florida Precinct 25

One disturbing trend was that a number of University of Florida students came to the polling place to vote and were told that they were not registered to vote.  They indicated that they were registered by individuals on campus. 

I moved to the other entrance to the polling place and had no more problems. 

The only crowds of the day were between 7am and 9am.  There was a steady stream of people coming to the polls all day, but no rush and no lines after the morning.

I am really happy that I was able to participate and had a really fantastic experience.

Election Day – Poll Watching – Gainesville, Florida – 100 Foot Rule

November 4, 2008

The Republican Party poll watcher was annoyed by the fact that I am about 10 feet from the door to the polling place with my “Voting Rights” sign, button, hat, and was answering questions from folks when they were asking me about whether or not their I.D. was ok for them to vote, whether or not they were at the right precinct, etc.

Anyway, Florida Statute secion 102.031(4)(a) talks about nobody being allowed to solicit within 100 feet of a polling place.  When the poll workers told me that I was within the 100 foot area, I told them that I was not soliciting anything. 

The Republican Party poll watcher has been calling people on the phone for the last hour.  I’m waiting for someone to come back out to tell me to pack it up. 

I put my sign away, because it did indeed have a toll free number on the bottom of the sign for folks to call to see where their precinct was that was unrelated to the local Supervisor of Elections.

Election Day – Poll Watching – Gainesville, Florida – Precinct 25

November 4, 2008

A steady stream of voters are voting at Polling Place Precinct 25 at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) at 530 West University Avenue in downtown Gainesville. 

There is absolutely no line whatsoever.

I’m here as a poll watcher for the Obama campaign through the Florida Democratic Party to make sure everybody gets to exercise their voting rights and that nothing untoward goes on.

So far all is well. 

I expect things to get crowded as people start getting off work and then between 5pm and 7pm.  A lot of people think that they need to have voted by 7pm, but in Florida, as long as you are in line at 7pm, you get to vote.

The sky is really overcast, but hopefully it won’t rain until after everyone has voted.