Florida People know how to vote – and count

Quite often, when you see the word “Florida” in a headline, you can expect a story about a shirtless drunk man being dragged from under a trailer by cops while his meth-dazed lover was standing on the steps and talking about the python in the bathtub screamed she may or may not be hallucinating.

Stories about California, however, tend to focus on the wonders of a progressive green high-tech paradise at the cutting edge.

Then how can Florida Man be so incredibly good at counting votes quickly and accurately while California Man is sooooo incredibly bad at it?

Let’s find out –

How to dial in Florida:

You register and if you want a postal vote – anyone can get one – ask for it at least 10 days before the election and it has to be mailed back – not postmarked by – election day. If you wish, you can drop it off at one of the many, many early voting booths (where, as the name suggests, anyone can vote before Election Day).

If you can’t make it to the post office to drop off your ballot, someone else can do it for you, provided you follow the rules:

“You can designate someone to collect your absentee ballot on Election Day or 9 days before Election Day. The proxy may only collect 2 ballots in the mail per election, excluding his own ballot or ballots for members of his immediate family. The proxy holders must have written authorization from the voter, provide photo ID, and sign an affidavit. Candidates can only pick up absentee ballots for members of their immediate family.”

For Election Day, Florida uses a paper ballot system — fill in the ovals — for everyone unless they are disabled and are more comfortable with an electronic console.

Oh, and valid identification documents and signatures that match those on file are required for each vote.

Here’s how ballots are counted in Florida:

Election Day voting is conducted by tabulation machines that are checked three times in the month leading up to the election, including on Election Day. Each ballot (even the electronics produce a paper trail) is kept safe in case of a recount. Double password protected files/drives are then used to secure the tabulation results which are then sent to the Secretary of State’s office (additional verification is required during this process).

Postal ballots are opened and checked on the day they are received and can be counted before Election Day as long as the machines used are again tested three times by an approved inspector.

How to dial in California:

Everyone gets a ballot in the mail, and by that I mean everyone, dead or alive, out of state or not, etc. Then you can fill it out anytime, or someone can “help” you — and everyone else at the nursing home, or at the animal shelter, or on the street corner, or whatever — Fill it out and toss it in a questionably secured “official” box, which may also have many, many “found” ballots in it. Or you can wait Vote in person by Election Day—almost everywhere with a provisional ballot—and you don’t need to identify yourself. And maybe at some point someone will check whether you have already voted by email or somewhere else.

And this is how ballots are counted in California:

Fhayg&*#84 – and the check is in the mail – 5ehj””” – thumb’s on the scales – 5erxykstyk7d – and it’s being done in December – gfyk;6850-23-64/zdfhsetsute – and trust us this is the safest choice ever – 4648ljxkrle5858 – and it’s racist to do this differently – zsdhsrysir6uze!!!!!!!! – and – and GlARMGLARMGLARM and then always the candidate favored by the one-party apparatus that somehow bankrupted the state gets 57.7% of the Voices.

Or something like that; Admittedly, I might be paraphrasing something.

And in Florida it took about three hours to get them counted — in California, many, many places are still counting less than half of the ballots three days later.

Proper vote counting does not appear to be an issue between the red and blue states. Rhode Island, a very blue, fairly corrupt state, had it all settled and dusted by 11 p.m., and its election website even reports exactly where the votes are coming from and how many are left from city to city. Red Alaska, on the other hand, is taking longer than most, although that may be down to two issues — the state is, well, big, and the state for some insane reason adopted the “ranking” voting system, a system run by the perpetual bureaucracy loved everywhere because it’s intentionally designed to weed out candidates who want to make quick, critical changes and/or have overwhelming public mandates.

As for the purple states, the Mishigosh currently occurring in Nevada and Arizona shows that the problems can happen anywhere, albeit oddly I don’t remember Arizona having trouble counting their ballots until it became a violet state…

So why doesn’t each state just cut/paste the Florida and/or Rhode Island system into their electoral laws and that’s it? A crisp, professional voting table goes a long way in ensuring people trust the system and the results, a fact that cannot be underestimated.

Unfortunately, the whole point is that gray breeds gray, and gray areas can – for some – be very useful places when it comes to counting votes. Systems – all systems, not just voting systems – that are more complicated and obtuse are more susceptible to manipulation. They also require more people to operate because they are more complicated, so are good for bureaucratic empire builders.

After all, complicated, not very trustworthy elections lead the populace to a more psychologically fragile place that is much easier to manipulate and control.

In other words, by creating cracks in the bedrock of our democratic republic, those they wish to see harm have gained a very specific strategic advantage that allows them to ask a very simple question – why keep any of this when mine Part of it obviously doesn’t work?

And that’s why it’s so important.

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