Stop laughing. Yes I live in Florida where elections are like advanced calculus to a physical education major. Obama has won and Florida election officials haven’t decided yet. Can you spell “MOOT”. Now here’s the kicker, which proves Florida election officials need help. In the county where I live, the Democratic Incumbent Tax Collector, Earl Wood, died on October 15th of this year. He was 96 years old. Mr. Wood held his elected office for 48 years.
The ballots for the Nov. 6 election were apparently printed prior to his passing, and I guess ink and paper is in short supply, because election officials claimed they could not reprint the ballots. So it was the dead guy or his Republican challenger. The dead guy won.
I laugh even as I type this, thinking about the challenger, Republican Jim Huckeba. If he were a friend of mine, boy oh boy would there be jokes.
Just so you’ll know, the local folks did find a replacement candidate for the late Mr. Wood. His name is Scott Randolph. He’s a local attorney with years of public service including service in the state legislature. So even though I and many others voted for Mr. Wood, we were actually voting for Mr. Randolph. I knew this ahead of time, and I’m wondering how many others knew.
Florida elections are really screwy. This is one of 3 states that actually had Roseanne Barr (yep) on the ballot for president. Statewide, she received nearly 8,000 votes. WTH?