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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Even before the polls opened in Miami-Dade, citizens have been standing in line to vote and then stood shoulder to shoulder to cast their ballots.
Late in the day, democracy was running like a well-oiled machine.
“We’ve been doing well,” said Christina White, Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections. “We opened at 7 a.m., our voters are having a very pleasant voting experience. And while there were some isolated lines, they’re moving very quickly and it just shows the enthusiasm of our voters today.”
Enthusiasm that puts Miami-Dade on track to set an all-time turnout record that would eclipse 75 percent. The election has been exciting to some.
“This is my first time voting,” said Jessenia Carvajal. “I just recently turned 18 and it was good to have my voice spoken out for the first time.”
For many women, Hillary Clinton is an obvious draw.
“We have the opportunity to vote for a woman candidate, it’s crazy,” said Delaney Bleacher. “No matter who you’re supporting, it’s a really big deal to be involved.”
Among the electorate, the divisiveness also drove the turnout.
“We need to send a message,” said Leo Portes. “I think it’s important for us to really show what we stand for.”
And so in huge numbers, Miami-Dade voters came out to show what they stood for. As of 5 p.m., Miami-Dade had 949,000 votes cast, breaking 2012’s record of 872,260, on track for a 72 percent turnout of the 1.3 million county residents registered.