Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen dubbed Florida the “joke state” for having taken four days to declare that President Obama had won its electoral votes. “We can’t count on Ohio or any of the swing states to bail us out again in 2016, so what are our options?” he asked. “In case you were wondering, the U.S. Constitution makes no allowance for a state to exempt itself from presidential elections in order to avoid national ridicule. Nor is there any legal mechanism by which Florida’s 11 million registered voters might have their ballots shipped somewhere safe to be counted – say, Kansas.” Hiaasen must not have heard about election night in Sedgwick County, which had seen no election results released by the time Obama won re-election.
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