Robert Whittel Expresses Hope for Free and Fair Elections

Whittel Concerned About Ongoing Electoral Complications



Oct 31, 2004, 01:00 ET from Robert G. Whittel for Congress

    BROOKSVILLE, Fla., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Whittel today asked all
 citizens to pray for a fair and smooth election on Nov. 2 and expressed his
 hope that tomorrow's national and local election in Florida is well-run, fair
 and allows for the voices of all Florida voters to be heard.
     Whittel described record-breaking turnout of early voters, as well as
 recent Florida polls showing a clear distinction in a frontrunner for the
 presidency, as positive signs that there will be a decisive election in
 Florida that will not bring unnecessary and harmful lawsuits from out-of state
 interest groups.
     "There has been an unprecedented turnout of early votes this year, which
 is a strong indication that Florida's voters are committed to having their
 voices heard, and will not let the election be stolen from them yet again,"
 Whittel said.  "Special interest groups and their legal teams are waiting
 anxiously for the opportunity to steer this year's election in the direction
 of their choosing, but we aren't going to let that happen."
     As of Oct. 31, more than 1.8 million Florida voters sent in absentee or
 early ballots, more than 2 1/2 times the number of early and absentee votes
 sent in before the 2000 election.  Several recent polls suggest that John
 Kerry is leading George Bush in the race for the presidential election among
 Florida voters.
     However, Whittel also stated he has serious concerns about how votes are
 being received and counted in Florida, and said that recent problems in the
 election process may once again bring on the lawsuits that plagued the state
 and the nation four years ago.
     "It seems like only yesterday we were watching in disbelief as ballots
 were counted and recounted, bags of absentee ballots showed up late - or not
 at all- and powerful special interests worked to manipulate the democratic
 process at every turn," Whittel said.  "On Tuesday we must all pray and do
 everything we can to ensure that our election results are decisive, and those
 who would hijack our election will not have the opportunity that they seek."
     Whittel pointed to the recent loss of almost 60,000 absentee votes in
 Broward County as an example of lingering problems that plague Florida's
 electoral process.
     "After the doubt and embarrassment that Florida suffered after the 2000
 elections we had all hoped that in 2004 our state would be an example for the
 whole nation," Whittel said.  "Instead, we have more ineptitude and lack of
 professionalism putting us at risk of another election debacle, and people
 outside of the state deciding our leaders for us."
     Whittel is the Democratic candidate for United States Congress in
 Florida's Fifth District against freshman-incumbent Brown-Waite. Congressional
 District Five includes all or parts of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion,
 Pasco, Polk and Sumter counties.
     For more information, go to http://www.Whittel.com.
 
      Media Contact:
      J. Trumon Phillips
      (352) 871-2031
      info@whittel.com
 
 

SOURCE Robert G. Whittel for Congress
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Whittel today asked all
 citizens to pray for a fair and smooth election on Nov. 2 and expressed his
 hope that tomorrow's national and local election in Florida is well-run, fair
 and allows for the voices of all Florida voters to be heard.
     Whittel described record-breaking turnout of early voters, as well as
 recent Florida polls showing a clear distinction in a frontrunner for the
 presidency, as positive signs that there will be a decisive election in
 Florida that will not bring unnecessary and harmful lawsuits from out-of state
 interest groups.
     "There has been an unprecedented turnout of early votes this year, which
 is a strong indication that Florida's voters are committed to having their
 voices heard, and will not let the election be stolen from them yet again,"
 Whittel said.  "Special interest groups and their legal teams are waiting
 anxiously for the opportunity to steer this year's election in the direction
 of their choosing, but we aren't going to let that happen."
     As of Oct. 31, more than 1.8 million Florida voters sent in absentee or
 early ballots, more than 2 1/2 times the number of early and absentee votes
 sent in before the 2000 election.  Several recent polls suggest that John
 Kerry is leading George Bush in the race for the presidential election among
 Florida voters.
     However, Whittel also stated he has serious concerns about how votes are
 being received and counted in Florida, and said that recent problems in the
 election process may once again bring on the lawsuits that plagued the state
 and the nation four years ago.
     "It seems like only yesterday we were watching in disbelief as ballots
 were counted and recounted, bags of absentee ballots showed up late - or not
 at all- and powerful special interests worked to manipulate the democratic
 process at every turn," Whittel said.  "On Tuesday we must all pray and do
 everything we can to ensure that our election results are decisive, and those
 who would hijack our election will not have the opportunity that they seek."
     Whittel pointed to the recent loss of almost 60,000 absentee votes in
 Broward County as an example of lingering problems that plague Florida's
 electoral process.
     "After the doubt and embarrassment that Florida suffered after the 2000
 elections we had all hoped that in 2004 our state would be an example for the
 whole nation," Whittel said.  "Instead, we have more ineptitude and lack of
 professionalism putting us at risk of another election debacle, and people
 outside of the state deciding our leaders for us."
     Whittel is the Democratic candidate for United States Congress in
 Florida's Fifth District against freshman-incumbent Brown-Waite. Congressional
 District Five includes all or parts of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion,
 Pasco, Polk and Sumter counties.
     For more information, go to http://www.Whittel.com.
 
      Media Contact:
      J. Trumon Phillips
      (352) 871-2031
      info@whittel.com
 
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