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Long lines and technical glitches plague Fla. voters

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Officials in nine Florida counties have been counting ballots today, including Pinellas in the Tampa area, and Miami-Dade in South Florida, where some wait times to vote were six hours long.  Many did not cast a ballot until after midnight.

There were also long lines Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties, where people continued to vote well after the polls were scheduled to close.

"We always have super turnout," Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said of presidential contests,  "and so that caused some of the lines."

As workers sort through provisional ballots on Wednesday, Cowles admits that the number of ballot tabulation machines was a big problem.

"We sent out every piece of equipment we had in Orange County yesterday."

But 75 percent of precincts only had one machine, and they jammed too, as seen in a video recording submitted to FOX 35 by a viewer in Winter Springs.

Cowles blames the Florida Legislature and those long ballots.

"These voting machines were never made to have three ballots here in Orange County, five ballots down in Miami-Dade County into the machines, and the software is such that you had to insert one ballot at a time."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's willing to look at whether changes are needed to make voting go smoother in Florida.
 
Scott came under a barrage of criticism after he refused to use his emergency powers to extend the number of days of early voting. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature last year cut back the number of early voting.
 
Scott said he will sit down with state election officials soon to discuss ways to improve the election.

 

 

Some information taken from the Associated Press

 

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