Judge rejects emergency motion by Crist camp to extend Broward County voting hours

Campaign for former governor says 'systemic breakdowns' made it difficult for voters to cast ballots

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A judge has rejected an emergency request filed by the campaign for former Gov. Charlie Crist to extend voting hours in Broward County by two hours because of "several individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots," Crist's camp said in an email.

The emergency motion seeks to extend the voting cutoff from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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An email from the Crist campaign said the polling station at Croissant Park Elementary School was offline for more than an hour and a half, while computer malfunctions in precincts throughout the county caused confusion among voters who were unable to update their addresses at polling precincts.

According to the email, Crist's camp claims many voters were "provided conflicting information" about their proper polling location and "simply gave up attempting to cast a regular ballot."

There were several reports of long lines at polling precincts in Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale and Weston.

Crist, the former Republican-turned-Democrat, is locked in a tight battle with current Gov. Rick Scott.

Dr. Brenda Snipes, supervisor of elections for Broward County, said there were no major issues Tuesday.

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