What's the Matter With Florida?

In light of discoveries of reported errors in counting ballots in Rep. Allen West's race, Atlantic blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates raises important questions about Florida's electoral process.

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Rep. Allen West (John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

In light of discoveries of reported errors in counting ballots in Rep. Allen West's race, Atlantic blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates raises important questions about Florida's electoral process.

Allen West is challenging the vote count for his congressional seat. I think I see why:

The elections office has admitted making mistakes in counting the ballots, saying that there was an error in feeding memory cards from voting machines through the vote-counting system. At a press conference earlier this week, the office's supervisor, Gertrude Walker, said workers had acted in "haste" to get results out to the public on election night and that "mistakes were made" ...

The gap between West and his opponent is outside of the official number needed to trigger a recount. Still, I'd love to hear about those errors, and how you lose three hundred votes. I'm sure this isn't an abnormality. But in close elections it matters. We really need to do better.

Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' entire piece at the Atlantic.

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