Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado has called on Florida's secretary of state to help ensure Miami-Dade's Supervisor of Elections works with voters and gives proper notice about changes in polling places after receiving complaints from city residents ahead of the March 15 election.
On Monday, Regalado wrote to Ken Detzner "on behalf of residents of several neighborhoods in the City of Miami, who are very concerned about the lack of information regarding polling precincts and the way the Department of Elections of Miami-Dade keeps changing those sites."
He said the city became aware of issues during elections in November, when precincts were moved "without notice" in the city's first district, leaving voters unaware until they showed up at the wrong location. His letter was prompted by recent complaints from Douglas Park and Golden Pines homeowners, some of whom say they've experienced five changes to their voting precinct since their previous location at a park was closed down.
"This is not only confusing voters but certainly suppressing voter turnout," Douglas Park Neighborhood Association vice president Hector Roos wrote last week to Christina White, Miami-Dade's soon-to-be Supervisor of Elections.
White did not immediately resond to an email and a voice mail Tuesday. In response to complaints from Roos in November, White said the supervisor of elections was sensitive to voters' inconveniences and diligently alerting voters to changes in polling locations.