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Video Link, Early Voting in North Miami.
Heard that one voter on line, just before 7pm yesterday, at the South Dade Government Center, finished voting at 10:15 pm. Apparently there was a glitch with a machine.
I read in the Miami Herald that Penelope Townsley, the Election Supervisor, went down to North Miami and spent the day there Tuesday, probably in response to the NAACP and others complaining in an email. Her appearance must have paid off because things were running smoothly there when I went about 5:30pm, Wednesday. There was a 2 hour wait, but they were moving along and the staff seemed quick to move new people in. I like the Supervisor of Elections. I think she is hands on and not afraid to do what should be done:
"After Townsley spent all day at the North Miami site Tuesday, the city-run library provided an extra room for voters. The elections department then installed 24 more voting booths, three more optical ballot scanners, one more ballot-printing machine and another voter check-in station."
I think the Governor saddled Townsley with a monumental task by shortening early voting. I like the Election Department's early voting wait time estimate (updated hourly). It is fairly accurate from all reports I have gotten.
I didn't quite understand the popularity of early voting over absentee ballots until yesterday. A woman in North Miami said to me that people want to go somewhere and vote, they don't want to fill out a form at home. It makes them feel that they are participating in something very important to them and others. She is right, filling out my absentee ballot was a bland voting experience.