Carlos Almeida (left), a 19-year-old sushi chef, was the first in line ahead of the 120 to 130 voters outside his precinct in Doral. He rode his bike to the polls at 3:30 a.m. because he didn’t want to wait all day on a recovering broken leg.
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Raya Elias (right), 18, drove home from Gainesville, where she could have registered. “Do you really care what's happening in Gainesville or do you care more about where your parents are paying taxes and where your siblings still are and everything?"
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Olga Marcucci (far left, purple shirt) became an American citizen about two years ago. "Coming from Venezuela, I am (happy). That's why I don't mind if I have to wait five hours or ten hours. I'll vote."
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Alise Casteel, 19, was the last voter to walk out of the African American Research Library precinct. "I grew up around this neighborhood all my life so it’s actually cool to vote somewhere when you know people around here."
Tuesday may have been the second time Barack Obama won a presidential race, but Election Day was a day of many firsts here in South Florida.
We spoke to several first-time voters who were at the polls Tuesday. Some of the first-timers were young adults, finally old enough to vote in their first presidential election. Other voters were new American citizens.
Check out this slide show of first-time voter stories.
Just what led to some voting breakdowns in Miami-Dade is still up for debate - not enough resources, too many voters, too long a ballot, too many precincts in one place. About the only thing certain is it will be at least one more day before we know who can claim Florida. One man who is happy with the election results and is Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Voters overwhelmingly approved the $1.2 billion dollar bond referendum to refurbish aging school buildings and also update and install new technology.
Seven-year-old Julian Adelman examines a sample Florida ballot, while his parents wait to vote. His mom reports, "He was amazed at all of the words needed for an amendment."
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Carlos Almeida, a 19-year old sushi chef, was the first in line ahead of the 120 to 130 people waiting outside his precinct in Doral. He rode his bike over to the polling place at 3:30 a.m. because he didn’t want to stand around.
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Venezuelan native Olga Marcucci (far left) is a first time American voter. She told us "I don't mind if I have to wait five hours or ten hours. I'll vote"
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Just a piece of the election night line at South Kendall Community Church in Countrywalk. At least 1,000 were in line at closing time at the location, where voting didn't finish until early Wednesday, when the presidential election was already called.
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South Florida: We get a lot of things wrong, but there are some things that we get right.
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Jordan Shockett was studying how to mix drinks for his new job during the three-hour wait to vote at the Normandy Isle public pools.
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Pedro Wasserman finally gets to cast his vote in Wynwood. He estimates that it has taken him about 18 hours over the past few days to vote. "It's a disgrace, really," he added.
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NYU student Naomi Davis, whose absentee ballot never arrived in the mail. Davis found out, on Election Day, that her address was incorrectly entered into the computer. It was off by one digit. But that was enough to keep her from getting a ballot.
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Ellen Elias and her daughter, Raya Elias-Pushett, who voted for the first time today. Raya drove down from Gainesville to pop her election cherry.
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Flor Martin braids her daughter, Chloe's hair as the girl texts, while son, Julian, studies the sample ballot at Florida City Hall.
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Danny Prats, 25, spent an hour in line at the Miami Dade County Auditorium playing Galaga on his iPhone. He was hoping to set a high score, and expected to wait three to four hours. “I didn't come close," he said.
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Democrat Joe Garcia takes the stage for a vicory speech after defeating incumbent David Garcia.
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In Palm Beach County, a large batch of absentee ballots had an error a few weeks ago, so a large group of people were transferring votes from the defective ballots to the new ones.
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Enterprising local t-shirt designer Earl Quinn set up shop in Liberty City., selling Obama swag. While it seemed like a lot of people were coming through, Quinn said it was child’s play compared to 2008.
The voting is over, ballots have been cast, and even though all the results may not be in--Florida has spoken. Many voters voiced their frustration with the long lines and are demanding to know: why did the state shorten early voting and what went wrong on election night? President Obama won this election, but the biggest news in Florida is the state's continued troubles with administering an election.
Democrat Joe Garcia convincingly beat incumbent Republican David Rivera Tuesday night to win Florida's 26th Congressional District seat.
Rivera lost by more than 10 points to Garcia. It was almost a perfect reversal from 2010, when Rivera soundly beat Garcia by more than 9 points.
After two failed runs for U.S. Congress, Garcia got some unconventional help this time around. His opponent, incumbent David Rivera, was the target of two federal investigations and was accused of ethics violations by the state ethics commission.
South Floridians were still in lines voting on Tuesday evening when Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States. Many locals expressed disappointment in the leadership of Miami-Dade's office of elections, especially after the incident that occurred last Sunday, when the Elections Department Headquarters in the City of Doral shut down for an hour and tried to turn 200 voters away from the poll.
For those of you who prefer to watch election results outside of your home, perhaps surrounded by like-minded people (or not), we've compiled a list of local debate parties, as well as restaurants and bars that plan on showing election coverage tonight.