Blake Dowling: After recounts, thanks to all for fighting the good fight


According to The New York Times, Brenda Snipes, the Supervisor of Elections in Broward County resigned.

“It has been my passion and honor to serve as the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County voters,” she said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott.

(Next time, you can always bring in this election consultant, but his fees are high)

Let’s go back in time, on election night in 2000 some media called the state of Florida for Al Gore. You would have thought after that grueling process that organizations would be very patient and careful with calling elections, not relying on polls either (see all recent elections). However, 18 years is a long time, I was just starting my career for that matter. In regards to poll inaccuracy, I am sure we have all heard stories about not telling the truth when polled because they didn’t want to get grief from the person polling them?

Have you heard the term Social Desirability Bias?

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Fast forward to 2018, back to Florida, with the nation watching while we go through the motions.

My family in California and Texas would send texts asking what the latest was and what was going on.

Like I know.

It was a tight race, but shouldn’t these areas have been ready for one? Most of the controversy seemed to be in Broward County but Palm and Bay made headlines as well. (although the issues in Bay were very different than what went on down south, and prayers for all still recovering from Hurricane Michael)

Some say the voting equipment is old in certain areas. This seems to be the case in Palm County where they are the only county that uses machines that can only re-count one race at a time.

Murphy also stepped in also and made sure the machines over-heated and stopped working properly when needed as reported by NBC. Murphy and his law are formidable political adversaries. There were also reports in some areas that the ballot design was confusing, and this is not the first time this has popped up.

(See an old pic from the Sun Sentinel)

If you are really an elections junkie I suggest you had to Ballotpedia where you can study all methods of voting by state.

This one appears to be over now, with Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson throwing in the towel after a hard-fought race.

So, to the winners — we congratulate you. To everyone else, we thank you for fighting the good fight.

For those involved in the process— including Dr. Snipes and all others in leadership positions around Florida — we thank you for your service.

I am sure in the near future we will see some updates in the southern part of our state; next time we are sure to see another tight race, as Florida is a unique place to live (and vote).

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.


Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business Technologies. He can be reached at [email protected].

Blake Dowling

Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business Technologies. His technology columns are published by several organizations. Contact him at [email protected] or at


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