Although voting problems in Tuesday's election were fewer than some people had expected, there were extremely long lines at many polling sites; so many that President Obama noted them in his victory speech.
"I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time," he said, adding, "by the way we have to fix that."
Seven-year-old Julian Adelman examines a sample Florida ballot, while his parents wait to vote. His mom reports, "He was amazed at all of the words needed for an amendment."
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Carlos Almeida, a 19-year old sushi chef, was the first in line ahead of the 120 to 130 people waiting outside his precinct in Doral. He rode his bike over to the polling place at 3:30 a.m. because he didn’t want to stand around.
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Venezuelan native Olga Marcucci (far left) is a first time American voter. She told us "I don't mind if I have to wait five hours or ten hours. I'll vote"
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Just a piece of the election night line at South Kendall Community Church in Countrywalk. At least 1,000 were in line at closing time at the location, where voting didn't finish until early Wednesday, when the presidential election was already called.
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South Florida: We get a lot of things wrong, but there are some things that we get right.
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Jordan Shockett was studying how to mix drinks for his new job during the three-hour wait to vote at the Normandy Isle public pools.
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Pedro Wasserman finally gets to cast his vote in Wynwood. He estimates that it has taken him about 18 hours over the past few days to vote. "It's a disgrace, really," he added.
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NYU student Naomi Davis, whose absentee ballot never arrived in the mail. Davis found out, on Election Day, that her address was incorrectly entered into the computer. It was off by one digit. But that was enough to keep her from getting a ballot.
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Ellen Elias and her daughter, Raya Elias-Pushett, who voted for the first time today. Raya drove down from Gainesville to pop her election cherry.
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Flor Martin braids her daughter, Chloe's hair as the girl texts, while son, Julian, studies the sample ballot at Florida City Hall.
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Danny Prats, 25, spent an hour in line at the Miami Dade County Auditorium playing Galaga on his iPhone. He was hoping to set a high score, and expected to wait three to four hours. “I didn't come close," he said.
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Democrat Joe Garcia takes the stage for a vicory speech after defeating incumbent David Garcia.
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In Palm Beach County, a large batch of absentee ballots had an error a few weeks ago, so a large group of people were transferring votes from the defective ballots to the new ones.
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Enterprising local t-shirt designer Earl Quinn set up shop in Liberty City., selling Obama swag. While it seemed like a lot of people were coming through, Quinn said it was child’s play compared to 2008.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:22 am
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say the real problem isn’t the fat and cholesterol, but a little-known chemical called TMAO that shows up in the blood after someone eats red meat, the New York Times reports. It seems to be created by bacteria that live in our gut.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:16 pm
The much-hyped battle for the battleground states turned into more of a rout on Election Day, as President Obama swept through eight key states and looked on course to capture Florida.
Swing states — Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire — viewed as tossups a day before the voting fell without much fight into the blue column. Only North Carolina went for Romney.
The voting is over, ballots have been cast, and even though all the results may not be in--Florida has spoken. Many voters voiced their frustration with the long lines and are demanding to know: why did the state shorten early voting and what went wrong on election night? President Obama won this election, but the biggest news in Florida is the state's continued troubles with administering an election.
Obama has become only the third U.S. president to win re-election by a narrower margin than his first victory. Having won a second term, Obama will seek to set the nation's agenda on issues ranging from taxes to immigration, but he may continue to struggle in selling his ideas to Congress.
Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration.
But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies.
Despite the close result in the popular vote nationwide, Obama wasted no time claiming vindication for his ideas. In his victory speech early Wednesday in Chicago, he tied his re-election to two centuries of American progress.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:10 pm
Imagine a ballot Tuesday that confronted you not with a choice between candidates named OBAMA and ROMNEY, but that looked more like this:
How much do you support the REPUBLICAN?
Pick only one.
More than that ____
For much of Election Day, that was what viewers encountered in watching Fox News' coverage. President Obama was, in the words of Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy at the outset of the day, a guy who "promised hope and change — a lot of stuff — and he didn't deliver."
South Floridians were still in lines voting on Tuesday evening when Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States. Many locals expressed disappointment in the leadership of Miami-Dade's office of elections, especially after the incident that occurred last Sunday, when the Elections Department Headquarters in the City of Doral shut down for an hour and tried to turn 200 voters away from the poll.
Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.
"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.