Shortly after 3 p.m., a poll worker told a crowd of about 75 people outside the Westview Lakes Clubhouse at 9200 Taft St. that their polling place had run out of ballots, said Tim Paulison, 33, of Pembroke Pines, who was standing in line.
Paulison said poll workers had been calling Broward County officials for more ballots for almost three hours, and that they were down to their “last box.’’
Voters waited inside the polling place, as chairs were already set up, until the precinct, X09, received additional ballots at about 4 p.m.
Afterwards, voting went “fairly smooth,’’ Paulison said.
No one cast an official ballot at Stork’s Bakery in Wilton Manors, but customers found a poll of sorts taking place there.
Customers sporting an “I voted” sticker were offered a mini cupcake gratis -- vanilla, chocolate or red velvet with a hefty swirl of red frosting on top for Republicans or blue frosting for Democrats.
As of 3:45 p.m., the unscientific cupcake poll showed Obama ahead 31 to 7.
That left-meaning margin at the local Wilton Manors hang out was no surprise in the liberal enclave of Broward that has a large gay community.
Miami Herald writers Kathleen McGrory, Christina Veiga, Paradise Afshar, Andrea Torres, Anna Edgerton, Anthony Cave, Elizabeth deArmas, Jacqueline Charles, Lidia Dinkova, Michael Finch, Nadege Green, Douglas Hanks, Theo Karantsalis, Marjie Lambert, David Ovalle and Janey Tate contributed to this report. Information from the News Service of Florida also was used. If you have questions about voting or the ballot, click here.