Election Day in Florida

The polls in each of Florida's 67 counties opened at 7:00 AM local time this morning. So far in Bay and surrounding counties things have been running smoothly with no serious problems to report.

Human error setting up electronic voting machines in Palm Beach County caused one precinct to open several hours late this morning, but other than that one instance, today’s election seems to be going smoothly so far. A state voter hot line has been getting a lot of questions.

The phone has been ringing off the hook. Many calls are from voters looking for their polling place. There’s calls from independents wanting to know why they couldn’t vote for a presidential candidate.

By 10 am, over three hundred calls had been fielded. Many democrats were calling, wanting to know if their votes would be counted.

In Palm Beach, a poll worker accidentally closed rather than opened electronic voting machines, rendering them useless. New machines were brought in. Secretary of State Kurt Browning says the election is otherwise smooth.

This is the last election in which the electronic voting machines will be widely used.

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