Vote counting in Broward County going very smoothly, elections supervisor says

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – There are more than 1.25 million registered voters in Broward County.

As of 4:10 p.m. on Election Day, more than 544,000 of them have cast their ballots.

The majority of them, nearly a quarter million, opted to vote by mail. The rest chose to vote early or in-person on Tuesday.

There were more than two-dozen drop boxes, spread out across the county during early voting, but on Election Day there were only two: at the Voter Equipment Center in Lauderhill and at the county government center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Joe Scott, Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections, gave Local 10 News a look at the process of separating ballots from envelopes, sorting, and scanning signatures to tally all those votes.

“The first scan is where they just go through and capture that image so that it can go and get checked, and then it has to go back through the sorter, again, to separate out the ones that are rejected, and then after they separate the ones that are rejected, then they put it through to get cut open and then the ones that get cut open are the ones where the signature was approved,” Scott explained. “So really, within a few hours, tonight, after 7 o’clock, we’ll get to very, very close over 99 percent of the vote will be in.”

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