How did anyone think this election season would go without Florida being Florida? Well, Florida is again at the center of polling woes.
Voting always takes place on a Tuesday, which is a working day, in US elections and in order to make it easier for people to vote many states give voters the option of turning out on weekends or other weekdays before Election Day to cast their votes.
So it was in Florida on Monday, but it turned out to be a disaster. Voters had to wait in long lines for up to 8 hours
Miami-Dade allowed voters to cast absentee ballots in person between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. However, after just two hours, they shut down the location after too many people showed up-leaving many voters angry and dismayed.
To top not being able to vote, many people already disappointed for being turned away had their cars towed from the parking lot across the street.
Cars being towed from the parking lot across the street from Miami-Dade elections. "This is intimidation!" one woman yells. @miamiherald— Kathleen McGrory (@kmcgrory) November 4, 2012
Florida State’s Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit over long delays encountered by some voters. The decision to cut short the vote led to an uproar outside the government office, where the Miami Herald reported nearly 200 people began shouting, "We want to vote!" "Let us vote!"
On Election Day, there will be fewer polling precincts this year than in 2008 -- due to redistricting and budget constraints -- meaning traffic on Tuesday could also be a problem. Keeping that in sight, problems like these do not give a very encouraging outlook to the voting on Tuesday.
But then, it could just be the Floridian flare for chaos and confusion during elections.
Here are some responses from people vocally disappointed by the early voting fiasco in Florida.