When Miami-Dade election department workers locked the doors of their Doral headquarters on voters who showed up to vote by absentee ballot on Sunday, anger spread through the line of nearly 200 people and lingered even after voting resumed about an hour later.
While some Miami-Dade voters are anxious about the outcome of the presidential election, they’re also relieved that the election season is almost over.
President Barack Obama brought his closing argument in the campaign to South Florida on Sunday, less than 48 hours before the general election on Tuesday.
In an unusual move, Miami-Dade Elections Department decided to allow voters to cast their votes by absentee ballots on Sunday. By 2:30 p.m. they were so overwhelmed they were forced to close their doors.
It’s coming down to the wire in a tight Florida Senate race which pits a Democratic incumbent against a Republican challenger.
Thousands of Miami-Dade voters took advantage of the final day of early voting Saturday. According to the Supervisor of Elections website, several locations posted wait times as long as six hours.
On the last day of early voting in Broward County, many said the lines were the longest they’d seen all week. The wait depended in large part on where people voted and what time.
First Lady Michelle Obama voted early, and Thursday she encouraged Floridians from Jacksonville to Miami to do the same.
While President Barack Obama takes another day off the campaign trail so he can see first hand the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City, Governor Mitt Romney is in Florida hoping to sway undecided voters and urge supporters to get out and vote.
They are called “October surprises” – events which happen days before an election which could change the results.
The past 24 hours may just be that.