2012 PREDICTION: Another Bush/Gore election fiasco reminiscent of 2000, but ultimately we predict the electoral college vote will look like this:
Obama 285, Romney 191, tossup 62
I hope I am wrong, but we are hearing too many complaints with regard to voter suppression laws, and Republicans are the ones behind those voter suppression laws causing people to wait for 6 hours in order to vote, and the Florida Gov. Scott refuses to extend voting hours.
But in Florida this year, it has been a nightmare for voters, who have faced record wait times, long lines in the sun and a Republican governor, Rick Scott, who has refused to budge and extend early voting hours.
“People are getting out to vote. That’s what’s very good,” said Scott.
People are getting out to vote — but many of them are having to wait in line for three or four hours to do so. One contributor to DailyKos claimed it took 9 hours to vote. In Miami-Dade on Saturday, people who had gotten in line by 7:00 p.m. were allowed to vote; the last person wasn’t checked in until 1 a.m., meaning it took some individuals six hours to cast a ballot.
“We’re looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads,” said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. FULL STORY HERE>>>
If you are not sold yet by the above headlines, it gets worse … several Counties in the northeastern part of the United States are not fully up and operating in light of the Hurricane and storms hitting the coast.
And last but certainly not least…..
Nearly a full week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, more than 1.3 million electricity customersfrom West Virgina to Connecticut are still without power as temperatures plunge below the freezing point at night.
Electrical utilities are turning into punching bags for elected officials and ordinary residents alike. A gathering Nor’easter storm, meanwhile, threatens the same region affected by Sandy with high winds, heavy rainfall and, in some regions of Appalachia, snowfall as early as Wednesday. The storm could further complicate power restoration efforts.
In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Saturday night that the two-week-long restoration times proposed by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for parts of the Rockaways are “unacceptable.” The city warned that temperatures had fallen so low that seniors and others were at risk of hypothermia, and urged those affected to seek city shelters or warming centers. FULL STORY>>>
Lord knows I hope the Bush/Gore prediction is wrong, but there is just too much strange energy out there to get me to believe otherwise.
In any event, get out and vote. Be a voice for the voiceless.