Judge Denies Crist Motion To Extend Voting Hours In Major Dem County

Charlie Crist Charlie Crist campaign rally, Florida International University, Miami, America - 02 Nov 2014 (Rex Features via AP Images)
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Updated: November 4, 2014, 8:40 PM

A judge denied former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s (D) gubernatorial campaign’s emergency motion to extend voting hours in Broward County, Florida on Tuesday evening, according to the Associated Press.

The motion asked the judge to extend the hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. According to to the Crist campaign, the motion (which can be read here) is in response to a number of voting malfunctions in the county.

Broward County, as it happens, is the second biggest county in the state, it’s home to Ft. Lauderdale and trends very Democratic.

Here’s what the Crist campaign said in their announcement:

The polling station located at the Croissant Park Elementary School was offline for over an hour and a half this morning – this caused major delays and impacted voters looking to cast a ballot before work.

EVID malfunctions in precincts throughout the county caused confusion among voters who were unable to update their address at polling precincts. Those voters were bounced between local precincts and SOE headquarters – ultimately, the system did not register them and they were unable to cast regular ballots.

The delay and confusion caused by those EVID malfunctions compounded county-wide confusion related to recent re-precincting. We have reports in many cases that voters who were confused about their proper polling location were provided conflicting information and, in many cases, simply gave up attempting to cast a regular ballot.

(H/t: Amy Hollyfield)

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