Officials Blame Absentee Ballots For Miami Dade Vote Count Problems

Nov 7, 2012

Officials point to long ballots as part of why the tallies are taking so long.
Credit Jessica Meszarros

Miami Dade elections officials are blaming absentee ballots -- and particularly their length -- for the county's ballot count hold-up.

Christina White, a spokeswoman for the supervisor for Miami Dade, says that the sheer volume of absentee ballots are to blame for the fact that Miami-Dade still hasn't finished counting ballots.

"Approximately 20,000 absentee ballots are being tabulated right now," White says.

All of the county's 829 precincts closed around 1:30 a.m. last night -- but the counting isn't over. 

"What has happened is with the unprecedented length of the ballot in Miami Dade County -- and the review that goes into each -- it's just a volume driven process that we are going through," White says.

She says not only are there a lot of ballots, but each ballot has about 5 pages. White says this has been slowing up the process of counting ballots significantly.