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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Miami Herald is channeling Pony Express in its reporting on Broward School Board elections from four days ago. But it's the year 2010!

My comments below the article.

re http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/27/1794357/broward-school-board-election.html
Posted on Friday, 08.27.10
Broward School Board election results still in doubt

Late Thursday, the Broward County elections canvassing board was still counting provisional ballots to determine the outcome of a School Board election.

School Board Chairwoman Jennifer Gottlieb, in the race to retain her countywide seat, received 50.01 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

To avoid a runoff, Gottlieb had to win 50 percent plus 1 vote.

Because of the closeness, the elections department opted to meet to determine if Gottlieb had met the threshold.

Gottlieb would face political newcomer Susan Madori in November if there is a runoff.

For updates, visit www.MiamiHerald.com.



It's now 4:55 p.m. on Saturday the 28th as I write this and there is
STILL no updated information since Thursday on an election that took place on Tuesday.
In two hours, the polls will have been closed for four days,
96 hours.

Perhaps this should be the signal to the Herald that it's time -FINALLY- for them to bite the bullet and actually have an Education blog that covers both Miami-Dade and Broward, because the manner in which these Broward School Board elections have been reported in the Herald is completely unsatisfactory.

There's no doubt that the Broward Supervisor of Elections is driving this effort but four days later, isn't there already sufficient evidence for some public criticism of the snail's pace?

And, as I wrote in an email to folks I know the other day, where were the updates on the Herald website between late Tuesday night and Wednesday night?
There weren't

Not a single one.

I know that because I was actively looking for them.
Along with some actual fact-based reporting in stories on why things went the way they did in the various School Board districts plus the At-Large race.

And so here we are, frozen in place in the fourth-largest county in the fourth-largest state in the U.S.A., still waiting for some smoke signals from Andrews Avenue.
That's where we live.

Is this because we have a primary election in late August instead of the last week of September, so everyone is moving in slow-motion?

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