D'oh! The Five Biggest Election-Day Blunders In Florida's History

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With just a few hours until the polls close in Florida, we’ve decided to have a little fun with the Sunshine State.

Given Florida’s inexorable link with recounts and hanging chads (thanks alot, 2000), we’ve compiled a short list of some of the state’s least proud election moments.

And from 2011 all the way to 1876, there have been quite a few.

The Recount No One Will Forget

Really, who could forget this one?

In 2000, Al Gore and George W. Bush were battling it out in a highly contested bid for the presidency, and it all came down to Florida.

After news outlets reported that Bush had won the election, results showed that Gore had finished close enough to require a mandatory recount. Amid controversy over ballots and counting machines, Bush was ultimately named the winner, locking up the presidency.

Gore protested and eventually lost an appeal for a manually recount when the Supreme Court struck down his request, calling it unconstitutional.

Voter or Felon? Florida's Not So Sure.

In 2004, Florida election officials were forced to delete a multi-million dollar database that contained the names of some 48,000 supposed felons. Why? Turns out some of them weren't all that felonious.

Officials said thousands of names of non-felons were incorrectly added to the list, while several actual felons were left off. Without the database, local election officials were tasked with identifying felons.

Then Florida got a great new system to count votes which immediately FAILED

After spending millions of dollars to install new electronic voting equipment following the 2000 election, Florida was the site of yet another counting controversy.

Critics of the new system said that more than 18,000 votes were lost during a Congressional race in Sarasota County thanks to the new machines. While there was no evidence of malfunction, an unprecedented 18,382 ballots (13 per cent of those cast) recorded no votes in the congressional race.

Republican candidate Vern Buchanan won the seat by fewer than 400 votes.

Not Quite Julian Assange But...Florida's Voter Database Probably Isn't Secure.

Going by the name Abhaxas, an online hacker claimed to have compromised Florida's election database by getting access to voter records and information. Though the claim was uncorroborated, it once again called into question Florida's voting system.

After leaking parts of the database, Abhaxas called on other hackers to do the same to call attention to defects in the system.

Just Some Good Old-Fashioned Ballot Tampering

Florida was even home to some voter controversy as far back as the 1800s.

The Sunshine State was one of the battlegrounds for the epic battle between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden. While early results had Tilden defeating Hayes handily, Republicans protested the numbers saying that Democrats had prevented black voters from voting in Florida and other states.

Democrats responded by saying that Republicans had damaged pro-Tilden votes in several Florida districts by covering them with ink.

The debate resulted in the creation of a special election board that would determine the winner. The nod went to Hayes.

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