Dickinson went ahead and filled out the nonpartisan ballot, but later called the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.
“They looked up my name and said I should’ve gotten a Republican ballot,” Dickinson said. “They told me I cast my ballot and there was nothing I could do about it.”
Any voter having an issue with the ballots should speak to the clerk, and if there is still a doubt, call the Supervisor of Elections said Mary Cooney, public services director for the Broward Supervisor of Elections.
“Obviously the voter should’ve done something about the issue before he voted,’’ Cooney said of Dickinson’s case. “If that happens, you don’t vote and get the issue corrected.”
— Daniel Ducassi and Ava Riviera
Detzner: Voting runs smoothly, state progresses on voter purge, 5:15 p.m.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is one of a million people who already voted in today’s primary elections.
About 708,000 of those were cast through absentee ballots, and 367,000 were in early votes, he said in a news conference Tuesday morning. That’s 357,000 more early votes than were cast in 2008.
He added that recent changes to rules on early voting and registration requirements have not caused disruptions.
It’s unclear at this point whether the five Florida counties that are still operating under old election laws are seeing more or less voters than the rest of the state. Pinellas is one of 62 counties that will enforce the new law, while Hillsborough and four other counties will follow the old law.
Turnout in primary elections is usually small, falling at 18 percent and 22 percent in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The rural counties tend to have the highest voter turnouts, he said.
As the state cruises toward the Nov. 6 general election, Detzner said Florida is making progress toward gaining access to the non-citizen federal database that has been center to the fight over the so-called voter purge.
He said the state plans to implement a "deliberate, managed and controlled program" to clear non-citizens from the voter rolls before the general election.
Voting continues until 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and early poll results will be announced at 8 p.m. Questions about voting requirements and polling locations can be addressed at elections.myflorida.com or 866-308-6739.
— Brittany Alana Davis, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
Commissioner Jordan predicts victory, 5 p.m.
Miami-Dade Commission District 1 incumbent Barbara Jordan predicted a successful outcome Tuesday when she voted at her precinct in the North Dade Regional Library in Miami Gardens.
Campaign workers for Jordan, who faces a challenge from outgoing Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson, set up a tent outside and a DJ played Jordan’s campaign jingle and gospel music for voters.
Jordan described the mood at the library as one of “anticipation; victory for me.”
“I think the community is really excited. I think turnout is going to be good. It’s been demonstrated all week long during early voting. So today is the culmination of that excitement and anticipation.”
Jordan presumably cast a ballot for herself (she declined to say who she voted for.)
— Janey Tate
Pit bull Ban Before Voters, 3 PM
On her way to run errands, Sandra Riquenes stopped at the Hialeah Fire Station No. 2 to cast her vote with her 13-year-old son Carlos by her side and favorite pet on her mind.