MIAMI (AP) - After the year of the hanging chad in 2,000, a lot
of eyes are on Florida again this election year.
Early voting is popular this year, but there are thousands of people who may not be able to cast ballots because their registration form doesn't exactly match government records, such as a driver's license.
And with so many new voters registered around the state, long
lines are still expected at polling places.
Unlike 2000, there is now a clear paper trail of ballots. Voters
now use pencil or pen to mark paper ballots. No more hanging chads.
Florida's Secretary of State is downplaying concerns, saying
things have improved dramatically since 2000. But with 2.5 million
more voters this year, he's not making any promises.
And it was just in August when 3,500 ballots from a local election were lost by officials in Palm Beach.