Officials Blame Absentee Ballots For Miami Dade Vote Count Problems
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.