At the Broward County Supervisor of Elections' Office, technicians tried their best to help the precincts.

"If a site is having an issue with equipment, they'll give a call to the tech teams and they'll be able to assist them either by helping to guide them through getting a machine back online or whatever it is or requesting a piece of replacement equipment," said Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

Election officials said ballot were delivered to the precincts that ran out and problems with ballot scanning machines were mostly due to paper jams. Those ballots are then put into sealed envelopes to be read at Broward Elections HQ in Lauderhill.

By the time doors opened to voters at Hallandale Beach's Cultural Center, more than 100 people wrapped around the parking lot.

"Kids got to go to school. Mommy's got to go to work. I've got to get here early to vote," said Sashi Sanchez.

Two hours earlier, Shonda Slappy claimed the first spot in line. She said the early wake up call paid off for her.

Slappy walked out less than 20 minutes after she walked in.

"Considering I wanted to vote early Saturday, but the lines were so long. I just can't do long lines," said Slappy.

In Miramar, the lines outside Pembroke Road Baptist Church stretched around the block for hours.

Poll workers complained that a second ballot scanning machine was never delivered.

The lack of equipment meant fewer voters were able to cast their ballot through out the day. Poll workers did pass by with extra voting booths to alleviate the wait outside.

"It was just one machine at the time and it took a lot of time for people to do their ballots," said James Quintero.

A Local 10 viewer snapped a picture inside a precinct in Parkland. Voters were seen filling out their ballots on their hands because of a lack of booths.

"It's a just process, but you would think one a day like today they would have all of this situated," said Derrick Murdoch.

Elections officials also spent the day delivering ballots to precincts that ran out of them. A team of technicians were set up inside the county's Emergency Operations Center to field phone calls from poll workers. 

Voters in Hallandale Beach say so far, so good, despite one location housing four precincts.

"Everything was smooth. The people were nice and helpful," said Christiana Roberts.

Only three and a half miles away at the Police Athletic League in West Park, voting lines turned into a chaotic screaming match shortly after doors opened. Broward Sheriff's office deputies were called to calm down the rowdy crowd.

"I was the one that was screaming saying, 'What's going on?' I've been here so long, I have to go to work myself," said Harrison Jean-Baptiste.

Some voters said they lined up hours before the doors opened in one single line, but when they were let in, a second line was formed by people rushing from the middle and even the end of the line.

"Instead of them making the people that were up here go back in line in the one line, they just took them in and we are not going to let anyone else get in this line," said Shontavis Johnkins. "Okay, well, that doesn't change that you just let 100 people get in front of the 300 people that were already here."

Everyone returned to one line and BSO deputies left shortly after.

As of Saturday, 405,245 voters casted their ballots early or voted absentee in Broward County.


Election Day 2012: Voters cast ballots

Published On: Nov 07 2012 01:03:19 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2012 05:13:35 PM EST

Voters across the country go to the polls on Election Day 2012.

Voting in Dixville Notch, NH
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Ten voters in the tiny village of Dixville Notch, N.H., cast the first Election Day votes of the 2012 general elections. President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney tied with five votes each. The town has opened its polls shortly after midnight each Election Day since 1960, but the tie was the first in its history.