Palm Beach Post Staff Reports
Friday, November 10, 2000
If a voter makes a mistake on the ballot, he or she can vote again -- if they have not already put the ballot in the lockbox. If a voter still has the ballot, poll workers are supposed to write "void" on that ballot and give the voter another. They may give the voter as many as two do-over ballots, or three ballots total. Once the ballot is in the box, however, it's too late for second chances.
No one, except a poll worker called an inspector, is allowed to talk to a voter in the actual voting booth or cubicle. But that does not mean a voter cannot ask poll officials for help if he/she is confused. Inspectors cannot help a voter make a decision about which candidate to favor, but may help with lining up the ballot correctly, for example.
The "no talking" rule does not necessarily extend to people waiting in line to vote. Poll workers are allowed to do what is necessary to maintain order, and many do ask out of courtesy that waiting voters not talk loudly. But there is no prohibition against asking questions if there is confusion about the ballot.
No electioneering is allowed within 50 feet of a polling place, meaning someone cannot stand at the front door wearing a huge sandwich board promoting a candidate. But it's a gray area whether to admit voters wearing a tie clip or T-shirt saying "Gore" or "Bush." Some poll deputies ask voters to wear sweaters or go home and change clothes.
Few voters realize it, but they have five minutes to get their business done once inside the booth. The time can be extended with sufficient reason, but that's a judgment call by local poll officials. In practice, this rule is seldomly strictly enforced.
Sources: Florida Statutes, Palm Beach County election officials
By Anonymous on Friday, November 10, 2000 - 12:20 pm:
How does the nation perceive Palm Beach County voters?
Concerned and dutiful citizens 18%
Incompetent at the voting booth 22%
Whiny cry babies selfishly holding up democracy 60%
Palm Beach Interactive,
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