News footage of Florida officials puzzling over whether a butterfly ballot
had been punched correctly put an end to that trust.
com/2000election/) problem especially among voters in Palm Beach County, Florida, a typically Democratic area, as elderly voters complained of a confusing and faulty butterfly ballot
With respect to Palm Beach County, many voters claimed they had intended to vote for Al Gore but had mistakenly voted for Pat Buchanan because of the confusing layout of the butterfly ballot
(which was designed by a Democrat).
I'm not sure that anybody had ever termed butterfly ballot
, and that's what it was called ever since.
The infamous Palm Beach Florida butterfly ballot
was so counter-intuitive that close to 9,000 voters were unable to adequately distinguish the choice between Pat Buchanan and Al Gore.
Long before the first hanging chad ever dangled from the punch hole of a butterfly ballot
, the Sunshine State was receiving bad reviews on democratic practice from a number of political scientists.
Attorney General Butterworth's office received 2,500 complaints from voters on use of the butterfly ballot
, an unauthorized traffic checkpoint that was near a voting precinct, and poll workers' refusal to provide on request second ballots to voters.
Hanging chads, a butterfly ballot
, and the Supreme Court remain the most vivid memories of that political donnybrook.
In one corner we have the first brother, Governor Jeb Bush, and his talented and inventive ballot-counting team--including his new, hand-picked secretary of state, Glenda Hood, and Theresa LePore, the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections, famed begetter of the butterfly ballot
The butterfly ballot
was said to easily confuse voters.
A ballot design so flawed that it made Palm Beach County's butterfly ballot
look like a model of precision led to the disfranchisement in Gadsden County of almost four times the number of votes that Al Gore needed to beat George W.
He analyzes the disputes surrounding the butterfly ballot
employed in Palm Beach County and the absentee ballots in Seminole and Martin Counties.