What's the Matter With Florida?

Allen West is challenging the vote count for his congressional seat. I think I see why:

The elections office has admitted making mistakes in counting the ballots, saying that there was an error in feeding memory cards from voting machines through the vote-counting system. At a press conference earlier this week, the office's supervisor, Gertrude Walker, said workers had acted in "haste" to get results out to the public on election night and that "mistakes were made." 

The Florida Secretary of State's office said it was "concerned" about the situation and intervened this week, sending a team of auditors to the office to determine what errors had been made. On Sunday, the St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections re-tabulated early votes cast between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, which diminished Murphy's lead slightly. 

But the office said on Friday they would reexamine those ballots once again because it had found a box containing 304 early ballots cast in that time period that had not yet been counted.
The gap between West and his opponent is outside of the official number needed to trigger a recount. Still, I'd love to hear about those errors, and how you lose three hundred votes. I'm sure this isn't an abnormality. But in close elections it matters. We really need to do better.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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