Broward County still counting some ballots

Brenda Snipes says provisional ballots being processed

LAUDERHILL, Fla. - Broward County elections officials were nearly finished counting ballots Friday, three days after Election Day. About 3,000 provisional ballots were left to be verified.

"We are in the process now of processing provisionals and any other work that we come across that needs to be input into the system," said Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

"But the absentee ballots have been counted?" asked Local 10's Todd Tongen.

"The absentee ballots have been counted," answered Snipes.

Snipes said since the legislature went to a paper process back in 2006, counting ballots, especially absentee ballots, became a time consuming task.

"A voter in Florida can get an absentee ballot for pick up to 7 p.m. on election night," said Snipes. "We can't say you can't have an absentee ballot because this is an Election Day. We have to be able to provide it, and this year, we provided in house absentee voting and that was a challenge because we didn't know we were going to have to do it on that large a scale."

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections' Office received 30,000 more absentee ballots than in 2008. Snipes said she may need more backup equipment, especially when over 755,000 voters in Broward County casted ballots.

"I think by the time we get through with the provisionals, that it will be an unprecedented turn out for Broward County," said Snipes.

By noon Saturday, all ballots must be verified. The canvassing board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in Lauderhill.

Miami-Dade County finished verifying their ballots and have submitted them to the state.

Despite some counties in the state still counting ballots, Florida Democrats claimed a victory in Florida.

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