Friday, September 12, 2008

Ballots Mistaken For Trash

WPTV-TV [West Palm Beach, FL]
11 September 2008

Missing ballots mistaken for trash?

Reported by: Tim Malloy

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL -- Are the 3,478 missing ballots inside of a landfill?

Were they inadvertently thrown out by elections officials who thought they were trash? [...]

Palm Beach Post [FL]
11 September 2008

Ballots weren't thrown out with the trash

By Joel Engelhardt

Here's what we now know about Palm Beach County's missing ballots: They're not in a landfill, as Channel 5 WPTV alleged in a report on Wednesday night's 11 p.m. news.

The report said workers at one Boynton Beach location had run out of duffel bags to haul ballots to the election center on election night. So they used black plastic garbage bags instead. A "reliable law enforcement source" told the TV station that the garbage bag was thrown out and the ballots may be sitting in a landfill somewhere.

Sheesh. What hogwash. Ballots aren't even put in duffel bags, county election officials announced today at a news conference to kill the "urban legend" reported by Channel 5. [...]