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Broward voters to get new precinct cards in January


Now that Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has finished her reorganization of precincts, all voters will get new voter registration cards in the mail in January even if their precincts didn’t change.

One of the goals was to reduce bottlenecks at larger precincts and Snipes’ office had previously set a goal of having no precincts larger than 5,000. But under the new plan, the largest precinct will be 6,660 at Rick Case Honda in Davie. The smallest precinct will have 217 registered voters.

In the past, about 40 to 45 percent of voters have voted by absentee ballot or early voting “so we’d never see 5,000 voters showing up on election day at the polling place,” Snipes’ spokeswoman Mary Cooney said. Also, Broward purchased more equipment to speed up voting during early voting and election day.

The true test of the reorganization won’t be clear until the 2016 presidential election because Broward’s turnout in non-presidential years has been sluggish in the recent past. In 2010 when Republican Rick Scott won the governor’s race, only 41 percent of Broward voters showed up.