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FL Secy of State gives conflicting prez race results



In comparison to seven-hour lines to vote and counties taking days to count the votes, this is pretty small potatoes. Still, it's yet another glitch in Florida's presidential election administration.

Go to the Division of Elections Web site and you will see that Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by 74,309 in Florida (4,237,756 to 4,163,447)

But then go to the National Archives and you'll see Obama won Florida by 73,624 votes (4,235,965 to 4,162,447), according to the document Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner signed and attested on Nov. 20. That so-called "Certificarte of Ascertainment" is what every state must file with the U.S. archivist, giving the official vote tally and the names of the electors to the electoral college.

No word on how the mistake occurred but after Buzz questioned the discrepency, Secretary of State spokesman Chris Cate told his office has informed the National Archives that "we will be providing them an amended Certificate of Ascertainment to ensure the archives reflect Florida’s correct vote totals."

And for those wondering here are the Democratic activists, fundraisers, operatives and politicians who will meet Monday to (presumably) cast 29 electoral votes for Barack Hussein Obama:

Lynette Acosta; Burt Aaronson; Scott Arceneaux; T. Wayne Bailey; Carol Bartleson; Leon Belton; Tim Bottcher; Alan Clendenin; Ana Cruz; Buddy Dyer; Joe Faulk; Rita Fernandino; Joe Gibbons; Audrey Gibson; Dina Hefferman; Vonzelle Johnson; Luis Lauredo; Elena McCollough; Amy Mercado; Vivian Mitchell; Jean Monestime; Suzannah Randolph; Rod Smith; Justin Spiller; Bob Troy; Kirk Wagar; Ashley Walker; Alan Williams; Jeanette Wynn.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:19pm]


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