Election Day voting got off to a relatively smooth start in Florida.
Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner said voting stations for all of the state’s 6,000 precincts opened on time and his department has heard of only minor problems.
It was another day of long lines at the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections Office in Doral, where voters arrived before dawn to pick up or drop off absentee ballots.
Chaos and confusion clouded the final Sunday before Election Day in Miami-Dade County. Since early voting was cut from 14 days to 8 days in Florida for this election, hundreds of voters arrived at the Miami-Dade Elections Headquarters early Sunday after learning they would get another opportunity to request, fill out, and submit last-minute absentee ballots.
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.