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Thursday, November 16, 2000

 

EDIFYING FACTS FROM PALM BEACH COUNTY

Arianna Rose

Palm County Resident

I live in Palm Beach County, and voted with that particular ballot. I have a BA, a music certification, and teach children and adults. I am a writer and consider myself intelligent, articulate, and well educated. I would like to set the record straight about a few things that are being distorted or misreported in the national media. I believe that not only we as individuals serve as mirrors for one another, so do we as larger entities. What is happening in my county is simply a mirror of our collective consciousness on one level and the presidential, voting process in our country. On a metaphysical level, I can see how all of this turbulence is actually a clearing away of some of the gray area so , that light can come in, and I look forward to the positive changes that will happen as a result of all that is 'coming to light'.

Please know that our community is hurting, divided and searching for enlightenment and truth. We need and deserve your compassion and your prayers, not your judgement as to whether we are selfish or 'holding the rest of the country hostage'. It is very important to us that our vote be counted, that we are able to vote for the candidate that we thought we were voting for, and that fairness prevail. The last time I checked, the electoral college does not meet until December, and until that time perhaps we can all send light and the hope that the illusion of separation, and the spector of fraud that has made its way to Palm Beach county be either proved or disproved so that healing can begin.

One important piece of news you may not have have heard is that the design of this particular ballot is indeed illegal. The candidates are not listed in the order that is mandated.

1. I can tell you that voting on that ballot WAS confusing. I checked it three times and still felt uneasy.

2. The sample ballot that was sent to us prior to the election was printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and did not include the 'holes' that were on the actual ballot. Therefore there was no way to know beforehand how the holes lined up and that a vote for Gore was actually the third hole and number 5, not the second hole and number 4.

3.Contrary to what you might have heard, this is not sour grapes in complaining after the fact. Complaints about this ballot starting coming in to the elections board, the Democratic Party and the local media starting about 5 minutes after the election began and continued all day. The elections office sent out a memo as soon as they could and our one lone liberal media voice, Randi Rhodes, did get the word out from 3-7 on her radio show on WJNO, but for many it was too late.

4. Not only was the ballot confusing, but many districts had three pages of presidential nominees, not just two pages. In two counties, the congressional candidates were left off of the ballot.

5. Several locked ballot boxes were found after the fact, uncounted and forgotten.

6. Many voters found that they had been mistakenly listed as an ex-felon and could therefore not vote. In addition, many voters who registered directly through Tallahassee did not receive their voter registration cards at all.

7. Many black voters throughout this state found their right to vote was also blocked in various different manners. At a rally yesterday led by Reverend Jesse Jackson, many of the opposing opinion brought bullhorns so that is was impossible to hear what he had to say. In addition, they yelled racial epithets and yelled many taunts at the people in our community.

8. The figure of 19,000 votes thrown out for either overvoting or undervoting is incorrect. the correct number is closer to 30,000.

Please hold our communities here and across the country in light and love.

Sincerely,

Arianna Rose

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