State eyeing potential storm threat to primary

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 6:07 PM EDT
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By: Matt Galka | Capitol News Service

August25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Service) -- It’s still too early to say what could happen, but we are keeping our eye on a potential storm system that could impact Florida. With a primary looming, state officials are keeping a close eye as well.

Florida voters head to the polls in five days for the August 30th primary with everyone hopeful that severe weather doesn’t end up hitting the state.

It wouldn’t be the first time weather impacted the ballot box.

Hurricane Andrew’s devastation sent Miami-Dade voters to the polls a week late, and Tropical Storm Fay in 2008 flooded some people in Tallahassee. Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says they had to take emergency action to make sure every vote counted.

“I had to deliver mail ballots and pick up mail ballots through swamp buggies and boats, but we were able to accommodate every voter who wanted to have a ballot counted and we intend to do the same in 2016,” he said.

The good news – early voting is going swimmingly. More than 1.3 million Floridians have already cast a ballot.

The storm is on the Governor’s radar, too.

We reached out to the Governor’s office asking about a potential contingency plan. A spokeswoman responded that Governor Rick Scott has been on calls with both the Secretary of State and Florida’s Emergency Management Director.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner put out a statement urging people to take advantage of early voting but said it was too premature to say if weather will impact the primary.