Friday, 17 November 2006 00:00
Recount MeetingWritten by Alex Newberry
The voter advocacy group People for the American Way held a meeting in Sarasota last night to raise concerns about voting problems in the county.
More than 200 people turned out to complain about problems in voting for congressional candidate Christing Jennings.
The Democrat trails Republican Vern Buchanan by fewer than 400 votes. A second recount is in progress, but there's still no explanation for about 18-thousand ballots that registered no vote in the high profile congressional race.
Sarasota resident Carol Fischer says she was certain she voted for Jennings, and was surprised to have the touch screen machine tell her that no vote had been recorded.
"It's very sad for our nation since 2000 to look at this city as a place that our votes don't count. Something needs to be done and our vote needs to be counted."
People for the American Way is calling for a re-vote in the 13th district congressional race.
The organization says a manual recount will never be able to account for votes which were never registered by electronic touch screen voting machines.