Despite the fact that there was clearly a problem in the county -- the Herald Tribune reports that they received complaints from "more than 120 Sarasota County voters" on Election Day -- there's resistance (surprise, surprise) from the Florida Secretary of State's office to look into it:
"I'm not sure there's even a problem," said Jenny Nash, a spokeswoman for the Florida Secretary of State, who oversees elections. She said the office had not received a single complaint or contact about the race.
Nash repeated [Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy] Dent's suggestion that voters may have intentionally decided not to vote in the congressional race.
"It could be a protest vote. There's a lot of different reasons people undervote," she said. "Certainly undervoting is the voter's prerogative."
Nash said no state investigation is planned.
Voter complaints in Sarasota County seem to fall into two categories. The first is simply that the race was laid out on the ballot in such a way that it was easy to overlook. That problem was even apparent in the early voting, causing the county's Supervisor of Elections to send a notice to poll workers that the race was easy to miss. The second problem is that a number of voters have complained that they voted in the congressional race, but did not see their vote when the machine came to the review screen. The Herald Tribune has a great review of voter complaints here.
Next will come two mandated recounts, and after that, since the electronic machines have no paper trail, making a recount basically pointless, a court challenge seems assured. The newly Democratic House of Representatives could also step in to settle the dispute.