September 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant. The controversy in Florida -- which began with possibly fraudulent forms that first cropped up in Palm Beach County -- has engulfed the Republican National Committee, which admitted Thursday that it urged state parties in seven swing states to hire the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting.The RNC paid the company at least $3.1 million -- routed through the state parties of Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia -- to register voters and run get-out-the-vote operations.
November 2, 2004 |
A suspicious package that appeared to vibrate forced the temporary closure of Florida's election headquarters Monday, but it turned out to be a harmless bundle of documents shaken by air flowing from the ventilation system. A security guard found the package in the Division of Elections building about 6:30 a.m., and employees were kept out while the building was searched. They were allowed back into the building just before noon.
October 9, 2003 |
Mayor Jimmy Weekley, popular owner of grocery stores immortalized by singer Jimmy Buffett, has defeated a dive captain, a real estate agent, a homeless man and a woman who rescues chickens in the lively mayoral race to govern the wacky Florida Keys tourist town of Key West. "It's fun. This is the town that raised me, and it's my way of giving back," said the Democratic Weekley, 56, a native Key Wester who spent about $21,000 in campaign funds to win his third two-year mayoral term.
January 5, 2003 |
When it came to winning votes, Miriam McKinzie Oliphant was a natural. "What an amazing campaign personality. My constituents just wanted to hug her," remembered state Rep. Stacy J. Ritter. For Oliphant, who was elected Broward County's election supervisor by a landslide two years ago, the problems came in handling other people's ballots. Widely blamed for bungling the last primary election, she is now the target of a criminal investigation into the stewardship of her office.
November 6, 2002 |
MIAMI -- An unusual thing happened Tuesday in Florida, land of the perplexingly designed ballot and dragged-out vote tally. They held an election again, and it came off smoothly. There was even a winner before people went to bed. "No voter was turned away if they were at the correct precinct and they were eligible voters," boasted Miriam M. Oliphant, elections supervisor in Broward County, who was criticized for the glitches last time around.
February 1, 2002 |
When former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno fainted on an auditorium stage in upstate New York, her hopes to become Florida's next governor may have been seriously damaged. For the 63-year-old Democrat, her public malaise Wednesday evening may prove to be the defining, dooming campaign moment, like former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie's apparent weeping during the 1972 presidential campaign.