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Voters finding some local poll places closed without warning

Posted at 4:49 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 16:49:45-04

Tuesday is Primary Day in Florida.

The polls opened at 7 a.m., but some voters are finding their polling places empty and closed.

Judy Lamey, spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, says many poll workers haven't shown up due to coronavirus concerns.

Anyone can vote at the main election office on Southern and Military Trail, North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, the Southeast Palm Beach County Administration Complex in Delray Beach, and the county office building in Belle Glade.

Voters have reported problems at the following locations:

  • Boynton Beach Senior Center
  • Sunlight Community Church
  • Lakes of Delray Clubhouse
  • Journey Church
  • Pompey Park

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Palm Beach County lost hundreds of people who previously committed to work the polls due to the coronavirus.

On Monday, one day before the election, about 100 people showed up to get quick training after about 800 volunteers backed out due to being sick or worried about getting sick.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link says the decision to postpone the primary election is not something that can be decided locally.

Link says poll workers will be given gloves and hand sanitizer and they’ve been instructed to wipe down all surfaces and equipment regularly in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own black ink pens and sanitizing wipes to the polls. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can find election results here.