Precinct clerks fired from Broward location

Posted at 1:24 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 16:05:25-05

(NBC 6 MIAMI)  Two clerks from precincts in Pompano Beach were fired after a dispute that was the first major issue in South Florida during Election Day.

Police were called to the Herb Skolknick Community Center after complaints of possible voter intimidation from the Democratic and Republican poll watchers at one precinct. That led to a dispute between the clerks from precincts 23 and 24 - one a Democrat, the other a Republican.

Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes was notified and she fired both, ordering them to leave the property immediately.

David Booth, the Republican clerk of Precinct 23, tells NBC 6 he was one of the two clerks fired and told to leave the property. Replacement clerks have been brought in.

According to Booth, there were allegations poll watchers were overstepping their boundaries inside the polling location and involved in voter intimidation.

Broward sheriff deputies told NBC 6 they showed up upon request to keep the peace and investigate the situation.

Voting has continued without interruption.

With nearly half of the state having already voted in the last two weeks, no other major issues were reported from polling locations across Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties.

Officials expect moderate or light turnout on Tuesday after the large amount of early voters.

This story is from our news partner NBC 6 Miami