A statewide directive dealing with absentee ballots is rankling some election supervisors in Florida.
The ink is still drying on the agreement between Miami-Dade County and the Miami Dolphins to send a stadium renovation deal to the voters, but if you want to have a chance to vote in the special election, you have precious little time to make sure you’re registered to vote.
The bar for election wait times has been raised: one hour.
A special team formed by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to investigate the problems in last month’s election met Tuesday afternoon in Miami-Dade with Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley.
As people voted hours after midnight on election night, Miami-Dade county leaders were scrambling to fix what had been days of chaos.
While Miami-Dade County saw some of the longest lines to vote in the state, the County finished counting its ballots Thursday as other large counties like Palm Beach and Broward continue to try to tally the final vote.
A headline in Thursday’s New York Magazine: “Florida Still Figuring Out That Whole ‘Election’ Thing.”
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.
Voting rights advocates are fuming about a change to what they say is an election night “best practices procedure.” The issue is only in Miami-Dade as far as CBS4 Investigates can tell.