Miami.com has a round-up of problems across the state. Because when you think "Florida election," you think "seriously fucked up."
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY - Janet Reno sued to extend poll hours by two hours in Broward, Duval, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. More than 500 voters were turned away before machines were activated nearly five hours late in a precinct targeted by Reno in Miami's predominantly black Liberty City neighborhood. The precinct shut down later and was closed in late afternoon. Some machines were inoperable at 36 precincts at 2 p.m. Machines reset themselves in another Liberty City precinct, routing voters back to the starting screen. Vote machines were activated late in precincts across the county ranging from affluent to poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Voters say they were denied provisional ballots. In predominantly black Carol City north of Miami, poll workers demonstrated how to use machines by marking "yes" on a measure that would repeal the county's gay rights ordinance. Elections headquarters had trouble reaching precincts by telephone. "We expected problems, but not to this magnitude," said Gisela Salas, the assistant supervisor of elections.
There's also the aforementioned gay rights law repeal thing going on in Miami-Dade. Which is another reason to pick on them, I think.
This was not the first time Miami-Dade County was in the national spotlight over gay rights. In 1977, beauty queen and orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant led a successful drive to repeal the county's first gay rights ordinance the same year it became law.
Changing social mores and a well-heeled campaign helped restore the protections in 1998 when the County Commission again made it illegal to discriminate against gays.
In the latest challenge, conservative groups such as the Christian Coalition and Take Back Miami-Dade say gays are seeking "special" rights, not "equal" rights.
We will not ask who they want to take Miami-Dade back from. Nor will we ask what they mean by "special" rights. Everyone is against special rights. It's just most of us mean white privilege and male privilege, and the fuckwits mean affirmative action and civil rights legislation. Not much you can do with them, really, except carefully dispose of the bodies.
In December, 1998, the Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a sexual preference amendment that gives SPECIAL RIGHTS to Homosexuals, Bisexuals, and Transexuals!
No American should ever have SPECIAL RIGHTS based on their sexual preference.
Christ, the amount of shit I just had to cut out of that HTML. . . anyway, gotta love it. The bold, all-caps SPECIAL RIGHTS, the sneer quotes around sexual preference, that exclamation mark at the end of the first sentence. It all adds up to, "We are so fucked in the head, Jesus says He most definitely did not die for our sins, but He'll visit us in Hell so He can point and laugh like Nelson at our eternal torment."