Let's hope it's not a '97 repeat, but a large number of absentee ballots have been returned so far in local elections today where polling place turnout has been low.
The City of Miami sent out 27,223 absentee ballots, and as of yesterday 15,108 were returned. That's roughly 15 percent of the City's registered voters who could vote by absentee ballot.
Hialeah, a city with more than 88,000 registered voters has had 9,500 out of 17,093 ballots sent out. Miami Beach, with more than 46,000 voters, only sent out 7,290 ballots, with 2,691 returned.
If any of these races turn out close, especially in Miami and Hialeah, don't be surprised if there's some fight over absentee ballots.