Final Report Due on Florida 13th Election Contest

By David Bruggeman
February 5, 2008

Congressional Quarterly is reporting that the Committee on House Administration’s Task Force on the Florida 13th Congressional District contested election will meet this Friday at 10 a.m. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will present its final report on the election, and the Task Force will make its recommendation to the full committee.

The contest of this election hinges on the comparably high percentage of undervotes (where there are fewer votes for a particular race on the ballot compared to other races on the same ballot) in only one of the counties covered by this district. The State of Florida conducted tests, and the GAO has been investigating the election and the subsequent tests. Several different factors could explain the undervote issue, but so far the publicly available information about how the voting machines have performed has been, at best, inconclusive.

The meeting is scheduled for 1310 Longworth Building, Friday February 8, at 10 a.m.