Long delays in last stretch of early voting

Reports of record turnouts and long lines of voters at poll sites statewide

Published On: Nov 02 2012 12:17:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 03 2012 02:31:01 AM EDT
MIRAMAR, Fla. -

Long wait times continued Friday for voters trying to cast their ballots early.

Early Voting Locations: Miami-Dade County | Broward County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday rejected calls to extend early-voting hours through Sunday despite reports of record turnouts and long lines of voters at poll sites statewide.

At Miramar Branch Library, the wait was about two hours on Friday morning.

"Because this is closest to my house, it's perfect. The line is moving well. No need to go anywhere else," said Angie Dye.

"I don't care if it takes three, four, five, six hours," said Janice Robinson. "Get out and vote. Bring your chair, bring some water.

"Usually it's five, six, ten people in front of you but this is ridiculous," said James Bergrab, who casted his ballot early for the firs time.

As of 11 a.m., wait times in Broward County varied from three hours to 30 minutes. In Miami-Dade County, wait times ranged from more than four hours to an hour.

Estimated Wait Times: Miami-Dade County | Broward County

Early voters in Hollywood encountered parking problems on Thursday.

Voters said other factors are contributing to the long wait times.

"They can shorten the ballot," said Bergrab. "I mean these questions, these ten or twelve questions, besides reading them, you got to figure them out."

Since the early voting period opened on October 27, 174,337 casted their ballots early in Broward County and 161,968 voted early in Miami-Dade County.