Police Called to Little Havana Polling Site As Hundreds Still Waiting Around Miami To Vote

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Michael E. Miller
Police lights illuminate a line of voters at a fire station in Little Havana
An Election Day that started with voting lines up to six or seven hours long at some sites around Miami is ending, appropriately enough, with hundreds of voters still waiting to cast their ballots more than an hour after polls have closed.

Tensions have boiled over at a Little Havana fire station, where Romney supporters called police after accusing an Obama campaigner of holding a spot in line for a late voter. By 8:30, at least 200 people were still waiting to cast ballots at the site.

The scuffle broke out at the fire house at SW 22nd Avenue and Third Street, after Romney supporters like Catalina Rodriguez say they spotted the line switcheroo. Rodriguez claims the Obama worker held the end of the line after 7 pm, then traded his spot to a late Obama supporter.

"That's not right," Rodriguez said.

The Obama voter, who didn't give his name, denied that, saying he'd arrived moments before the 7 p.m. shutoff. Either way, police arrived moments later, and were interviewing the Romney supporters (and frankly, looking a bit befuddled by the whole thing.)

The firehouse isn't the only place with long lines well after polls have closed down. At least 300 are waiting to vote at Goulds Church of Christ in South Dade, according to Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei's Twitter. Another 200-plus are at a youth center in Sweetwater, she reports.

There's little doubt at this point that -- by any definition -- voting in South Florida has been a debacle today.

And there's little doubt who's to blame: As the Herald's Marc Caputo writes, the blame goes to the legislature -- which tacked on ten lengthy constitutional amendments; Gov. Rick Scott -- who cut down early voting days by a third and then refused requests to extend them when it was evident how high turnout would become; and Miami-Dade's Elections Department, which left many precincts short on voting machines and campaign staff.
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Michael E. Miller
The line at the fire station stretched down the block and around the corner. People were still waiting to vote at 9 p.m.

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drakemallard topcommenter

What's happening to Romney is the American People are seeing what this man is all about. He is known for being a coward, ran to France under the guise of his church. In many circles he is a good business man, in others he is a man who broke other men down by closing their companies, these men lost their insurance, lost their pensions and lost their income, to top it off the govt. had to step in with millions to save their retirement income they worked for so many years to save. and he keeps his money offshore and won't admit to what he's playing in taxes. Total CON ARTIST!!!! Anyone in their right mind can't vote Romney.

Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

Polls closed two hours ago. Lol and still some are standing in line. I bet their votes won't be counted. Lol

Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez

Wtf.....what is hard about standing on a line and pushing or pressing buttons when its your turn.....smh

Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

Yes David my thoughts "Cuban time".

Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

But why are these guys showing up at the last minutes? It just doesn't seem right when they had weeks to vote in one way or another.

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

It doesn't work that way Jeff, if you're in line by 7, you vote. Every vote deserves to be counted. But I can personally go without the votes from Little Havana on the assumption they are pro-Romney.

Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

So why wait until the last minute to vote? Should have refused everyone after 7pm.

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