AMERICA TIMES

Strange things at Miami-Dade elections

Posted in Elections, Florida, Miami by americatimes on November 9, 2012
Many strange things happened in Miami-Dade county during the 2012 voting period: The Miami-Dade Elections Department receiving 20,000 absentee ballots just before 7 p.m. on election night; people casting ballots hours after TV networks had called the 2012 presidential race for Barack Obama; people having to wait 2 – 4 hours to vote, voters reading the lengthy ballot for the first time at the polling site instead of doing that at home, people taking pictures/videos of the long lines, etc.

In addition, you had voters not understanding that some proposed county amendments on the ballot were calling for tax increases; or what the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) was; or that “charter amendment” meant a change to the county’s “constitution”; or what a bond was, etc.

The Miami-Dade Elections Department was not ready to handle all the scanning, although they knew the ballot consisted of five pages, front and back.

The County Commissioners don’t need to play dumb now and pretend they don’t have fault at this. They added eleven confusing (and misleading) county questions to the ballot — eight of which were approved during a rushed-special meeting on August 23, 2012, even though they knew the Florida Legislature had already added 11 proposed amendments on the ballot as a result of their 2 years of work in Tallahassee. In 2010, voters sent many Republican legislators to Florida’s capital to put the fiscal house in order, to stop Obama’s overreach, to lower taxes, etc.

Ballots Still Being Counted Wednesday
in Miami-Dade

By Myriam Masihy, Steve Litz, Donna Rapado and Brian Hamacher
Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 – NBC Miami

Florida was the only state that remained too close to call Wednesday as votes in Miami-Dade were still being counted a day after President Barack Obama won a second term.

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”We received 20,000 absentee ballots in our possession before 7 p.m., and this is a really high number. We’ve never had this volume of absentee ballots turned in the afternoon of Election Day,” said Carolina Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade supervisor of elections.

Election officials blamed that volume, and the length of the ballots, for the delay in reporting the county’s results – which in turn is holding up the state’s voting results.

The volume of absentee ballots that have come in, it grows in popularity one election after the other. In addition to the number of pages that we have to process, that’s why we’re still reading,” Deputy Supervisor of Elections Christina White said. “It’s not due to any issues at all, it’s volume-driven.”

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Voters in Miami-Dade stood in lines until the wee hours of Wednesday to cast their vote, even after Obama had been declared the winner of the 2012 election. While Florida was still too close to call in the presidential contest, many local races had already been called.

White said some precincts remained open past midnight, about five hours after polls were supposed to close, with the last ones finally closing around 1:30 a.m.

One busy nighttime polling site was Miami Fire Station No. 4, where voters were in line outside the station just before 11 p.m. and were handed pizza by firefighters. Those allowed to wait in line after hours were voters who arrived at polling sites by the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time.

Some voters at South Kendall Community Church in the Hammocks said they waited around five or six hours to cast their ballots.

“I did decide to stay this long after I saw the line,” Andre Murias said. “It’s my first time voting, so I thought I’d make it memorable.”

Voter Andre Martin didn’t finish voting until around midnight.

“There was definitely some frustration, because I would have liked to put in my vote before I knew what the results were going to be,” he said.

●http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Ballots-Still-Being-Counted-Wednesday-in-Miami-Dade-177625711.html