Voting advocates said Tuesday they want to meet with the Broward County supervisor of elections to fix problems related to last week’s election, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
The issues include nearly 1,000 unaccounted-for ballots were found in a Lauderhill warehouse and ill-trained poll workers who appeared to be overwhelmed by the amount of voters who turned out on Election Day, the newspaper reported.
"We want to go to Brenda with what we saw on Election Day, our concerns and where we scratched our heads," said Sandra Yeager, vice president of the Broward chapter of the League of Women Voters, of the supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes. "There was disenfranchisement going on."
Snipes defended her department’s work, noting that she has run several elections in Broward.
"This election is run no differently than any other. The difference with this election, there was a close race between two presidential candidates, and pressure put on everyone to get the vote out. We're erring on the side of caution,” she said, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Broward Commissioner Lois Wexler said a committee of local officials and members of voter advocacy groups should work with Snipes to plan elections – though Snipes rejected such a proposal in 2008, Wexler said.
Broward was the last county, of 67 in the state, to finish counting ballots, as it announced the final results in the Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach city commission races Tuesday afternoon, the Sun Sentinel reported.
In Dania Beach Chickie Brandimarte claimed a seat on the city commission by 39 votes. In Hallandale Beach, Michele Lazarow defeated Anthony Sanders by one vote, 3,611 to 3,610, the paper reported.
An automatic recount and a manual recount were needed in both races, the Sun Sentinel said.