Before that, says Turner, "People registered to vote, voted and most people never questioned it [the outcome]." News footage of Florida officials puzzling over whether a butterfly ballot
had been punched correctly put an end to that trust.
Remember "butterfly ballot
" and "hanging chad" in 2000?
This was a (http://projects.mypalmbeachpost.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).
That year's presidential debacle shined a spotlight on the many aspects of our election system in desperate need of reform: improperly purged voting rolls, the infamous "butterfly ballot
," the even more memorable "hanging chads."
That race also featured the spectacle of South Floridian bubbes and zaydes who thought that they might have voted for Pat Buchanan over Al Gore because of the infamous "butterfly ballot
And someone asked me to comment about Palm Beach County, and I said, well, you mean that butterfly ballot
? 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.
(3) For inconsistent ballot designs across localities and states, see Niemi and Herrnson, "Beyond the Butterfly." For effects of the butterfly ballot
on voting errors in Palm Beach County, Florida, see Jonathan N.