Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

September-11-02

Problems Rampant in Florida Election; Janet Reno Trails In Gubernatorial Primary

Former US Attorney General Janet Reno was trailing her opponent Bill McBride following yesterday’s Democratic primary in the race for Florida’s governor. Early today, with 97 percent of precincts reporting, McBride had 596,472 votes, or 45 percent, compared with Reno's 577,380 votes, or 43 percent, according to the Associated Press. However, final results were not yet in because the state faced significant voting problems – despite the $30 million spent to improve its voting system after major problems in the 2000 presidential elections.

In the first statewide election since the 2000 race, voters faced malfunctioning voting machines and closed or short-staffed polling places. Several polling places in Miami and its suburbs opened late and in 14 counties across the state, ballots jammed and tore in some machines, poll workers left their posts in frustration and some Democratic voters were given Republican ballots, according to the New York Times. Acting on a request from Reno, Governor Jeb Bush agreed to allow the polls to stay open late. Reno is considering filing suit to challenge the results of the primary election, according to the Associated Press.

“It is unbelievable and inexcusable that after the fiasco in November 2000, Florida officials – from Governor Bush to county election supervisors – did not do everything possible to prevent this kind of disenfranchisement from happening again,” wrote the People for the American Way in a media advisory. As the first woman appointed US Attorney General, Reno, who served during the Clinton administration, championed such causes as violence against women and the protection of abortion rights.

In other Florida election news, the referendum to overturn an ordinance protecting lesbians and gay men from discrimination in Miami-Dade County looks like it will not pass, according to NBC’s KPVI TV. With most of the votes counted, the measure was trailing with 47 percent of the vote. The referendum was approved to go on the ballot despite the fact that several members of the religious groups who organized a petition drive to obtain the referendum, including Antonio Verdugo, head of the Miami-Dade Christian Coalition, were arrested for electoral fraud.

Media Resources: Washington Post 9/11/02; New York Times 9/11/02; People For The American Way Media Advisory 9/10/02; Associated Press 9/11/02; KPVI NBC News 9/11/02


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

4/22/2014 US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index - The Social Progress Imperative recently released its 2014 Social Progress Index, ranking the United States in 16th place among 132 countries. Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, a Republican who led the report team, told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he was surprised by the ranking. . . .
 
4/22/2014 Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers - The Florida State Supreme Court ruled last week that pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Florida employment law. The 6-1 decision allows Peguy Delva to proceed with her lawsuit against her employer, real estate developer Continental Group. . . .
 
4/21/2014 Arizona Governor Signs Bill Allowing Suprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant. HB 2284 repeals an Arizona law that requires a judge to give approval for inspections of abortion clinics. . . .