This is an opinion piece. Mine. No links. Do your own research, or not. Your choice. . In a local election for Mayor of Gainesville Florida, a challenge has been mounted by the losing candidate. Only 42 votes made the difference between a win and a loss. . It has been alleged, and is easily researched and proven, that a significant number of registered voters had recently changed their residence, and thus polling location from in the county, but outside of the city limits, to a location inside the city limits. Some of those had actually moved, but others were known to be perpetrating a simple scam just to cast a vote in the city. THIS IS WRONG !!! . I have voted in every election... city, state and federal since 1972 that I was elligible to vote in. I take it seriously. I occasionally abstain from casting a vote willy nilly if I am less than up to speed on the candidates or the issue. That seldom happens. . In past Presidential elections, it has been uncovered by investigative reporters that 10's of thousands of votes may have been cast in just a few Florida Counties, and also in New York. The thing is, many "Snowbirds" have dual residences. One in the North, and one in the South, and are registered to vote in both locations. To put a stop to this, it should be against the law to be registered to vote in two locations at the same time, and some sort of feedback should pass between voter registration offices when someone attempts to register to vote. Similiar actions take place on a regular occurance with regard to drivers licenses. Why should this be any different? . What can quite easily happen, and probably has is this. Snowbird A decides to go to his Florida home in Late September or October because global warming has upset the apple cart, and snow comes early to New York. (don't get me started on the global warming lie). Snowbird A requests a absentee ballot from NY because he has local and state interests there. Snowbird A also has interests in local and state issues where he resides in Florida, and he or she registers to vote there as well. (This is the point where the whole problem should be nipped in the bud) Since in most cases local and federal issues are combined on the November ballot every 2 and 4 years, Snowbird A votes twice on all Federal issues, once by absentee and once locally where ever he happens to be. (I have written to State and Federal Attorney Generals, and never even received a reply about the issue.) IMHO, Federal election ballots should contain no local and state issues. A separate ballot should be used for local and state issues. Additionally all Absentee ballots when cast and received should automatically be reported back to the voting precinct of the address where the absentee ballot was sent. People who records show have voted twice should be severely punished quickly and quite publicly, if found guilty. Fines, suspension of voting rights and jail time are not out of the question! . How do you feel about the issue?