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Some Florida Counties Experience Election Day Hiccups

A row of people stand at individual booths where they mark their ballots. A woman puts her ballot into a voting machine.
Rebecca Blackwell
AP Photo
Voters fill out their ballots inside a polling place at Indian Creek Fire Station #4 in Miami Beach, Fla., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Government watchdog Common Cause Florida says some counties had hiccups in their elections process this morning.

Hillsborough County elections machines had intermittent problems scanning ballots. When that issue arose, a Hillsborough supervisor of elections spokesperson says voters could place their ballot in an auxiliary bin to be taken back to the elections office for scanning. Common Cause Florida's Board Chair Liza McClenaghan says Lake County also had some issues.

"The electronic poll books were not correctly configured. So for those polling places that had more than one precinct voting in the same facility, they needed to fix those. So about six precincts where they needed to go correct the poll books. In the meantime, the voters were allowed to vote provisional ballots," McClenaghan says.

Her group says some voters had issues finding parking at polling places in Pinellas County. More than 9 million Floridians have already cast their ballots. No problems have been reported in Leon County.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.