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Secretary of State: Polls opened this morning with few hiccups



Voters in one Miami Beach precinct are arriving at their polling place today to find that it's been moved down the street.

The Miami Beach Botannical Gardens are closed for mosquito spraying, so the Miami-Dade supervisor of elections is directing voters to the Miami Beach city hall. It's one of the only snafus on an otherwise calm start to primary voting on Election Day, Secretary of State Ken Detzner told reporters.

"By all accounts the early voting process and poll openings this morning went very smoothly," he said.

"I'm very happy to report again that the polls are open, that people are voting, there are no long lines, weather is not an issue with regard to voting today."

The weather was expected to be a problem in South Florida and Tampa Bay with the arrival of a tropical depression moving up from the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Some precincts have experienced problems with their electronic poll books, Detzner said, but counties have hard copies on hand as backups.

The only delays, he said, have been in Flagler and Lee counties, where two polling places were not opened on time.

In Flagler County, someone had to come from a fire station across the street from a polling place to open it.

"I think somebody either forgot key or they couldn't get in," Detzner said.




[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:44pm]


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