Election 2002: A Florida Vote=A Mess

But the big news after the latest fiasco is that a Democratic novice may have a shot against Jeb Bush

Say this for Florida's dim-witted election system: it makes the hot-button issue in the race for Governor--education--more urgent. During the state's primary balloting last week, especially in the populous southern counties of Miami-Dade and Broward, poll workers couldn't even boot up many of the new touch-screen voting machines, part of a $30 million upgrade undertaken after Florida's 2000 presidential recount debacle. Because of the voting fiasco, it took all of last week for state officials to confirm that Tampa attorney Bill McBride had narrowly, and stunningly, upset former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the Democratic contest to face Governor Jeb...

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