Update: A circuit court judge denied Crist’s motion. The polls will not stay open in Broward County until 9 PM.
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has filed a motion to the 17th Judicial Circuit to keep the polls open in Democratic-heavy Broward County past the original deadline of 7 P.M. It just so happens that voting in Broward County is reportedly low.
The motion digs deep for justification for the move, which says that voters should have a “meaningful opportunity” to vote. What allegedly prevented some residents from getting a “meaningful opportunity?” Here’s Crist’s reasoning:
“[D]ue to failure of the EVID system at the polling place at Croissant Park Elementary School the mechanical equipment failed to function properly and as a result the polling place did not open until approximately 8:45am.”
“[T]hroughout the county, failure of the EVID system throughout the day has prevented voters from being able to update their address on the day of the election…”
“[D]ue to the recent redistricting in Florida has caused confusion among Florida voters regarding their appropriate precinct and polling place causing them to present themselves at the improper polling place and poll workers at those polling places failed to provide accurate information regarding the voters’ appropriate polling place; and (4) a number of voters at precinct ZOO4were issued new voter cards in January improperly listing their polling place as Z055.”