It’s nearly 6 p.m. the next day, the president is on his way back to the White House, Romney is on his way back to wherever it is he goes, and Florida is still officially considered too close to call because they still haven’t finished counting votes.
With the presidential race settled but Florida still too close to call, Miami-Dade was still waiting Wednesday afternoon for final results.
On Wednesday afternoon, elections workers continued feeding thousands of pages of ballots into scanning machines — and they were not expected to finish until the evening, leaving a much-mocked blank spot on the long decided electoral map.
Earlier in the day, the county said 20,000 absentee ballots still needed to be counted. The office of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a news release insisting that the “unprecedented length of the ballot” represents “over 100,000 pages that need to be reviewed and verified, one by one.”
This electoral tomfoolery rests completely on the shoulders of Florida election officials, the Secretary of State, and Governor Rick Scott.
If there’s anyone we should not blame for it, it’s Florida voters who, according to the Communications Director for Florida’s Secretary of State, waited in line until almost 2 a.m. last night to vote.
If you waited in line until almost 2 a.m., especially after the president was already declared the victor almost three hours earlier, I salute you. But after offering my praises, I have to ask what the hell is wrong with Florida?