Reporting Maggie Newland
HIALEAH (CBS4) – Miami-Dade election officials are touting the turnout for Tuesday’s election as the highest they’ve seen for a primary in recent memory.
More than 242,000 people cast ballots in Miami Dade County, according to the Supervisor of Elections website.
That’s about 20 percent of all registered voters. That figure is up from 16% in 2008 and 18% in 2010.
More than 86,000 people sent in absentee ballots. 38,000 voted early in Miami-Dade.
Election officials call the primary a success.
“There were no lines, no equipment problems, our workers were properly trained,” said Christina White, Miami-Dade Deputy Director of Elections. “So we’re very happy with how the turnout was.”
In Broward, turnout was 10.4%, slightly lower than the primary election in 2008.
The Miami-Dade canvassing board will meet on Friday morning to examine any potentially fraudulent absentee ballots.
The election results won’t be verified until early next week.