Voting issues in South Florida

Most areas of Florida reported relatively short lines and few voting glitches throughout much of Tuesday. But not Miami-Dade County, the state's largest and most populous. 

There, according to reports from The Miami Herald, voters across the area found themselves in one of two camps: "the waits and the wait-nots." Many voters breezed through their precincts in less than half an hour. But others faced mind-numbingly long lines. Voters at one downtown Miami precinct reported waiting six and a half hours to cast their votes. In Hialeah, some waited nearly as long. Other spots in the area, such as South Kendall Community Church, were facing five hour waits, the Herald reported. 

Among the complaints: Understaffed and unorganized polls, malfunctioning voting machines and a ballot that stretches page after page with local races and proposed amendments. Waits around the state could grow in the last minutes of voting, as voters get off work and rush to the polls. But anyone who makes it into line by 7 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot, however long that might take.

 

Brady Dennis is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on food and drug issues.

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