Florida’s official report on “non-valid” voting, required by law since the infamous hanging chad debacle of 2000, found nearly 65,000 Florida voters left their ballot blank, also known as an “undervote,” while more than 82,000 wrote the name of someone who did not qualify to run for president in Florida. The total, 161,000 votes, is more than Donald Trump’s margin of victory – 131,000 — in the state. Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s office concluded the spike in “non-valid votes” was not the result of voter confusion or problems with voting equipment.
Taken with the extraordinary rate of disenfranchisement in the state – some 1.7 million Florida citizens, or 10.43% of the state’s voting-age population, are disenfranchised because of a criminal conviction – its food for thought looking ahead to 2020. See: Floridians for a Fair Democracy