Apopka polling places run out of Republican ballots

Technical issues also plague several Orange County locations

APOPKA, Fla. – Voters in Apopka said they were turned away Tuesday morning because their polling places ran out of Republican ballots.

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The polling places are located at Errol Estate and World of Life Church in Apopka, where long lines were visible.

Residents voting at Errol Estates told News 6 that more ballots were retrieved about an hour later, but some voters had to leave because of other commitments.

Elections officials told News 6 that more ballots were also printed and sent to World of Life Church. News 6 reporter Amanda Castro spotted an official delivering a box of ballots to the church around 12:30 p.m.

Officials also allowed voters to use the ADA ExpressVote machine, which is typically only used for voters with disabilities.

Some residents said they waited two hours to vote at the church because of the delays.

Meanwhile, technical issues plagued several Orange County polling locations on Tuesday, prompting officials to use backup paper registries to enroll voters in the Florida presidential primary, according to elections officials.

Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said technicians were sent to the locations to fix the issue, described as a connectivity problem.

Colwes said the problem caused delays, but no voters had to be turned away.

Cowles told News 6 that every voting precinct has backup books in place to manually check in voters, if needed.

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The Republican primary is a winner-take-all contest for 99 delegates. While 14 names will be on the ballot, only Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are still competing.


The Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will award 214 delegates proportionally.

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