Miami-Dade Elections Officials Prepare for Sun Life Stadium Vote

Voting machine tests underway in Miami-Dade ahead of special election

By Julia Bagg
|  Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013  |  Updated 2:27 PM EDT
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The countdown to a decision on Sun Life Stadium renovations has election officials in a time crunch to get the right results. Miami-Dade s Deputy Supervisor of Elections Christina White discusses their preparations.

The countdown to a decision on Sun Life Stadium renovations has election officials in a time crunch to get the right results. Miami-Dade s Deputy Supervisor of Elections Christina White discusses their preparations.

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The countdown to a decision on Sun Life Stadium renovations has election officials in a time crunch to get the right results.

“We do typically have more time to prepare for an election,” said Miami-Dade’s Deputy Supervisor of Elections Christina White, “but everything is on schedule.”

Usually the elections office takes 60 days to prepare for a November vote. But this time, it’s about two weeks.

On Wednesday, elections workers performed round two of three state-mandated voting machine tests.

“This is a voter confidence test,” White explained. Employees simulate a real election with a pre-determined result. They run ballots through 80 random machines to see if they return correct results.

If workers find a defective machine, it won’t be used in the May 14th special election, White said, but they haven’t found a bad apple yet.

“Preparations are going very well,” said White.

Some 185,000 absentee ballots went out to Miami-Dade voters Monday, she said. Voters can request an absentee ballot until May 8th. Early voting begins Monday, April 29th.

For more details go to http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/

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