Miami-Dade Elections Department Overwhelmed By Voters, Shuts Down

The Miami-Dade elections department shut down on Sunday afternoon after too many voters showed up to request and cast absentee ballots in person, the Miami-Herald reports. The department had opened its headquarters from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in an attempt to work around a Florida law which clamped down on early voting. Under the program, voters were able to request and immediately cast absentee ballots.

“We had the best of intentions to provide this service today,” spokeswoman Christina White told the newspaper. “We just can’t accommodate it to the degree that we would like to.”