Voters who showed up at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill asking for a vote-by-mail ballot had a long wait today.
Betty Jones said she arrived at about 1 p.m. seeking a ballot for her mother, Betty Smith, a 90-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident who never received her ballot in the mail. Jones said about one dozen voters sat in a hallway waiting for ballots and Jones got hers at about 6:45 p.m.
"There's got to be a better process to handle walk-ins," Jones told the Miami Herald after she got her ballot. "I don't mind waiting my turn, but there's got to be a better system."
Herman Rivera said his wife Tabitha arrived at about 2 p.m. trying to get a ballot for their son David who now lives in New York. Rivera then took his wife's place waiting for the ballot and eventually got it a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Elections workers repeatedly said it would take a half hour.
"They could have said from the beginning it will take four or five hours," he said.
Dozel Spencer, operations director at the Lauderhill site for Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, said voters who show up unannounced seeking a ballot will have to wait.
"If people call ahead and let us know we will have it prepared," he said.
The Supervisor of Elections office can be reached at 954-357-7050.
More than 161,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 310,000 ballots at early voting sites have been cast in Broward County.
The actions of Snipes' office have been under close scrutiny in the home stretch of a close presidential battle in Florida. Broward County has 600,000 registered Democrats -- the highest in the state.