58,000 Absentee Ballots Missing in Florida

The Broward County Elections office blames the Post Office. The Post Office denies responsiblity. Voters can't get through on phone lines. More than 58,000 mailed absentee ballots failed to reach their intended recipients.

Broward election officials say they are overwhelmed. Their phone lines were never equipped to handle the volume of calls they have experienced, they say, and they blame their limitations on the confined spaces within the county administration building. "It's a real, real problem," Salas said.

Democrats have already filed nine voting-related lawsuits in Florida.

The suits say Republican officials refused to count provisional ballots, improperly disqualified incomplete voter registrations, established overly restrictive rules to disproportionately hurt minority voters and actively sought to disenfranchise blacks.

Thousands more lawyers are preparing for battle.

Florida sounds more like a war zone every day. [links via Drudge]

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