Florida still tallying votes, but race is over
Updated On: Nov 07 2012 08:18:30 PM EST
Elections officials across Florida are still counting absentee ballots, even though the presidential race has already been decided.
At midday Wednesday, President Barack Obama held onto a 47,000-vote lead in Florida, but he didn't need the largest swing state to win re-election. Instead, he captured several other battleground states.
Long lines at the polls and last-minute absentee ballots prevented votes from being counted in some places.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, about 100,000 pages of ballots were left to be verified in Miami-Dade County alone -- which prompted a public apology from the mayor.
"We had 30,000 absentee ballots dropped off (Tuesday). We normally have about five or six," said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We have to assure that those ballots are valid. We have to make sure that those signatures match. And, that's a manual process and we've been working all throughout the night to make sure that happens."
Pinellas County officials reconvened at 9 a.m. Wednesday to tally more than 9,000 absentee ballots received on Election Day.
In Duval County, the canvassing board was going through absentee ballots and about 7,000 provisional ballots -- hoping to complete that process by Thursday.
"What we are going though is provisional ballots cast on election day and we have to determine if the voters were eligible," Holland said. "Many of the provisional ballots are accepted."
While lines in Jacksonville were minor compared to those in South Florida, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said his only suggestion to shorten lines is to shorten the ballot, "because, again, you can't have enough sites if everyone comes at the same time."
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