Elections

He’s voted Republican since he became a citizen. That changed this year

Key Biscayne voters line up at their polling place.
Key Biscayne voters line up at their polling place. tdolven@miamiherald.com

Since Key Biscayne resident Fernando Bravo became a U.S. citizen in the George W. Bush years, he’s been voting Republican.

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But after the first year of President Donald Trump’s term in office, he decided to switch parties, and Tuesday he cast his ballot for Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.

“I admired Trump as a real estate investor, I’m a real estate investor as well,” Bravo said. “But the way he treats people, talks to minorities, it’s not the right way. We deserve someone with good manners who respects women and minorities.”

Bravo, 50, waited for an hour and a half to make his way through the line at the Key Biscayne Community Center gym. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday there were about 100 people in line.

Miami-Dade elections clerk Candido Rodriguez said at around 11 a.m. one of the voting machines stopped working. The elections staff on site was able to fix the machine and get it working again, but the problem caused delays.

Some voters complained of a lack of parking near the polling station. The garage directly next door was completely full, and many people had parked illegally on the street.

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