Miami-Dade Republican Mayor Gimenez Shrinks Government So Small It Can’t Conduct Election

Grover Norquist must be very proud of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R), who has shrunk the county government to a size at which it cannot conduct an election.

The electoral maps showing Barack Obama’s re-election should be complete now, but Florida once again has embarrassed itself completely by being unable to conduct an election. Fortunately, this time the outcome of the election does not hinge on Florida’s 29 electoral votes and only one county appears to be the problem instead of several counties languishing in chaos.

Miami-Dade County has announced that it will not have final election results until Wednesday afternoon. The reports on how the election was handled in parts of the county are truly ugly, as voters in some precincts faced waits of seven hours throughout the day:

The wait at the UTD Tower in Brickell exceeded six hours throughout the day. Even voters who arrived before the polls opened at 7 a.m. found themselves stuck in a seemingly endless line. At closing time, hundreds remained to cast their ballots.

Poll watchers said the precinct was understaffed and poorly organized.

For one, poll workers had trouble finding voters’ names in the hard-copy registry because two precincts (and six sub-precincts) were voting at one location.

“This is the worst excuse for a precinct I’ve ever seen,’’ said Manuel E. Iglesias, a volunteer attorney for the Romney campaign.

Of the eight ballot scanners, only two were working. Only two people were able to vote at any one time, he said.

Alexandra Lange, a 50-year-old Brickell resident, waited more than six hours to fill our her ballot. She left the polling place irate.

“This is a mess,’’ she said. “There is a bottleneck at the door. It is chaos.’’

Chaos due to small government would seem to be the goal of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. From his own biography at the county’s website, we see that he wishes to define himself in terms of tax cuts and small government:

Mayor Gimenez brings decades of invaluable public service experience to the post, and continues to pursue a set of clearly defined priorities that reflect both his governing philosophy and the challenges of the current economic environment. After successfully championing the largest tax cut in County history during his first year in office, due to a special election, his priorities remain reducing the burden on taxpayers and shrinking the size of government, while preserving essential public safety services and programs for seniors and children.

It would seem that conducting an election does not fit into Mayor Gimenez’ definition of an essential government function. Grover Norquist must be very proud of him.

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2 Responses to Miami-Dade Republican Mayor Gimenez Shrinks Government So Small It Can’t Conduct Election

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emptywheel Hmmm. Wait for @ddayen's Chain of Title to come out on Audible, which means I'll read it sooner, or buy now? https://t.co/Nc9TfThh1N
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa Pretty deadly too.
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emptywheel RT @hshaban: RNC and DNC handing out thumb drives: “Those thumb drives are the number one way to infect a computer." https://t.co/VwJHlFyvv
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emptywheel @quibbler Yes. As I said, pointedly NOT one of the servers known to have been hacked by Russia.
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa Ut oh. Did you get some horrible disease again?
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bmaz @Pedinska @ggreenwald Whistleblowers
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emptywheel @quibbler That's not one of the govt networks the Russians are known to have hacked, but others are.
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bmaz @Pedinska @ggreenwald Uh, no, I have no problem with the way the statute is being interpreted. Though similar deference ought be given WB's.
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emptywheel @palliddh Agree, and while I'd be happy to be rid of Trump I don't much approve of doing it w/Intel panic.
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bmaz @Will_Bunch Will, she need to know to ascertain how far to the right to move to pick up a few hundred of them.
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emptywheel You'd almost think the GOP didn't want IRS to have enough enough inspectors to collect taxes from rich people... https://t.co/55qaukWH2v
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bmaz @ai002h I'll agree you changed the framing from my original tweet and thus created your own distinction from my statement.
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