ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Residents are asking questions about how several Orange County precincts ran out of ballots Tuesday for the Florida primary.
An inquiry has been launched to figure out what happened, but the county's supervisor of elections, Bill Cowles, took some of the responsibility.
The numbers were being transposed for printing with the party ballots and the nonpartisan ballots in precincts that also had municipal elections on Tuesday, Cowles said.
This was the first time that precinct-specific ballots were used. The new system, combined with human error, was likely the reason for the shortage, Cowles said.
The problem was fixed within a few hours, but Orange County elections supervisor Bill Cowles had asked Scott to allow precincts affected by the ballot shortage to stay open until 8 p.m.
In an emailed statement released by Cowles at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, the Florida Secretary of State's Office explained why there would not be an extension for the affected Orange County precincts.
"The Secretary and (Cowles) have been in regular communication throughout the day," the statement said. "They have revisited the supervisor's request to extend hours and reviewed the corrective steps that have been taken, the timeframe in which the issues were resolved and the multiple options voters were given to case their vote today."
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