Voting goes smoothly, although there was some ballot confusion

Voting appeared to go smoothly Tuesday across South Florida, on a presidential primary day that was expected to either winnow the field or inject new life into sagging campaigns.

After morning fog dissipated, sunny skies greeted voters on their way to the polls. A few glitches — including a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax — marred the voting, but overall the day appeared to be proceeding without major problems.

“So far I think it’s going very well,” Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes said.

But Snipes said one recurring issue, prevalent statewide, involves voters insisting they have a right to vote even though they’re registered under no party affiliation. In some cases, she said, the voter may have recently switched to a party but the paperwork did not show it. In other cases, voters might be confused because they usually only vote in general elections, not primaries. These voters were asked to use provisional ballots so the county canvassing board could later determine whether they would count.

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Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo on his experience of being thrown out of Trump rally in Boca Raton for videotaping and tweeting from inside the Sunset Cove Amphitheater Sunday night. He captured the exchange on his cell phone, upside down.

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Dr. Ben Carson endorses presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

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It turned out voters who were not registered Republicans had turned out to vote in municipal races Tuesday along with the presidential primary and had hoped to vote for Trump.

“Some people were very angry, but the law is the law,” Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said. “I have to uphold the law.”

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued a statement saying, “The Florida Department of State has spoken with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office and all eligible voters are able to vote. Anyone who is registered as No Party Affiliation (NPA) is not able to vote for a Republican or Democratic nominee in the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP).”

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The Trump campaign displayed its organizational prowess Tuesday by being the only candidate to send registered poll watchers to observe the voting in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The Miami Herald reported that Trump fielded 46 poll watchers in Miami-Dade County and 60 in Broward, allowing his supporters to monitor the voting in each county.

A telephone bomb threat interrupted voting at Pompano Beach Middle School for about two hours. Students and poll workers were evacuated from the school, 310 NE Sixth St., and made to idle in a nearby park while deputies with dogs swept the building, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

After the threat was declared a hoax about 10:30 a.m., students were readmitted to the school and the polls were reopened, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby.

Melvin Reid, 61, a Pompano Beach security guard, said he was one of the voters inside Pompano Beach Middle School preparing to cast his ballot when the order to evacuate was given.

“I went in and everything was fine and about 10 minutes later I heard the police cars coming and they shut off all the streets,” Reid said.

Although he was able to vote, the bomb threat cost Reid’s wife her chance, he said, because she had to go to work.

Staff writers Andy Reid, Wayne K. Roustan and Skyler Swisher contributed to this report.