Browning: 'It's been somewhat eerily quiet'
Secretary of State Kurt Browning expressed confidence that the election is going well and problems, such as jammed or rejected ballots, are not widespread. "It's been a good day. I'm almost hesitant to say this but It's been somewhat eerily quiet," he said at a 3 p.m. news briefing. (Buzz audio here.)
Browning said there average wait time to vote is 15-20 minutes, but in some places it is an hour or more, including the University of South Florida. More polling booths have been brought to campus to ease the line.
- There have been reports of jammed optical scanners but Browning said the ballots are being placed in emergency bins and will be scanned anew after 7 p.m. A reporter told Browning that Leon County elections official Ion Sancho said workers are not unpacking ballots correctly, leaving "tag ends," that result in rejected ballots. "I have not heard that issue. I have not heard that issue at all until right now," Browning replied.
- There were connectivity issues in Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties affecting voters who moved from one county to another. The network issue has been restored, Browning said.
- The power went out at a polling place in Manatee County but voting has been moved outside.