From various sources: Voters in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Charley might have to vote in tents, and some counties might have to piggyback precincts, but Florida's Aug. 31 primary probably won't have to be postponed, election officials said Monday.
On the first day of early balloting, Secretary of State Glenda Hood spoke with county elections supervisors across the state to collect early damage reports and assess what help can be sent to the stricken areas.
A few counties reported severe damage to polling places and projected a long-term loss of electricity. But most of the supervisors said that their schools, courthouses and other polling places were ready and that their voter-registration rolls and other records were safe and dry. --
Affected precincts still plan to vote (Tallahassee Democrat)
With Florida's primary and nonpartisan elections just two weeks from today, at least 15 precincts, mainly in Southeast Polk, will not be usable because of hurricane damage, Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards estimates.
County officials might end up using motor homes parked in front of damaged precincts so people can vote. -- 15 Voting Precincts May Not Be Ready in Time (theledger.com)
Damaged polling places, power outages and the sudden death Monday of Hardee County elections supervisor Dean Cullins left doubts Monday about the ability of three storm-ravaged counties to hold the Aug. 31 primary as planned.
Although election equipment appears to be fine, many polling locations in Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties suffered such significant damage that they may not be able to be used on Election Day.
And in Hardee, Cullins' death left the elections office without its top official. -- Damage to polling places could affect election (HeraldTribune.com)
State elections officials are waiting for more damage reports from counties hit hard by Hurricane Charley before deciding whether to postpone the Aug. 31 primary in some places.
Most of Florida's 67 counties are ready for the election and started early voting on schedule Monday, but Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties remain without power and telephone service in many areas and have lost some buildings that serve as polling places. Access to outlying areas is limited. ...
Bush asked Hood to confer with local elections supervisors and determine whether a delay is necessary in some areas. At noon Monday, Hood had a conference call with officials from almost every county in the state. Polk County, which also sustained significant damage from the storm, did not report on the conference call.
A decision is not likely until each county has completed a check of polling places. --
Late voting possible in some counties (St. Petersburg Times)