Politics & Government

Charlie Crist campaign files motion to extend voting hours in Broward

ST. PETERSBURG -- The first Election Day controversy in Florida's contentious gubernatorial election has erupted.

Democratic challenger Charlie Crist's campaign has filed an emergency motion to extend voting hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Broward County.

The motion as filed with the Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit because of "several individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots," the Crist campaign said.

In a news release, the Crist campaign cited the following problems:

-- 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.