MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. – Residents in Miami-Dade County are about to begin voicing their choice ahead of Florida’s Aug. 23 primary, and elections officials are making sure everything goes smoothly over the next two weeks.
Early voting in Miami-Dade is set to start bright and early Monday morning and runs through Aug. 21 at 23 locations across the county.
To prepare for the influx of early voters and to make sure every vote counts, the Miami-Dade Elections Department spent this past week doing a test run with its voting equipment.
Miami-Dade Deputy Supervisor of Elections Suzy Trutie said the test run entailed everything from opening the machines to transmitting and tabulating the results, as well as inserting mail in or absentee ballots.
“We’re checking for any discrepancies, whether there’s a problem with the ballot, whether there’s a problem with the machine. We want to catch that early on,” she said.
He pointed fingers at vote-by-mail methods, which were popular during the pandemic, saying those votes were not counted properly.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis created an Office of Elections Crimes and Security to review fraud allegations.
Elections officials said many of the changes had already been implemented in the county, like being able to drop off vote-by-mail ballots in person.
“Now, when you are requesting a vote-by-mail ballot, you must give additional personal information. For example, you must give the last four digits of your Social Security, or you must give your driver’s license number,” said Trutie.
In Florida, the primary is closed, meaning that voters need to be registered for a political party and can only vote for that party’s candidates.