(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is "Election Ready." Poll workers have been trained, equipment has been tested, and polling places have been setup. All 829 precincts will be open tomorrow morning at 7am awaiting voters.
At the close of Early Voting this past Saturday, 38,654 voters cast their ballot in this election, and more than 85,000 have returned an absentee ballot.
Voters who have waited until Election Day to participate should remember the following before heading to the polls:
- Voters must go to their assigned precinct, which can be found on their Voter Information Card, by going to the Elections Department website, or by calling 3-1-1.
- Voters must bring identification that contains a photo and their signature. Acceptable forms of ID can be found on the Elections Department website or by calling 3-1-1. If the voter does not have ID available, they will be asked to vote a provisional ballot. While the Voter Information Card is not required to vote, it can help expedite the check-in process, so bringing it is always encouraged.
- Polls are open from 7am to 7pm
- All registered voters regardless of party affiliation are eligible to vote in this election
Media entities are reminded the following before heading to polls for Election Day coverage:
- A complete Polling Places List is available on the Elections website. However, the following media-friendly precincts are recommended on Election Day, given the facility layout and visual accessibility:
Senator Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123 St, North Miami, FL 33161
Miami-Dade County Fire Station #56, 16250 SW 72 St, Miami, FL 33193
South Shore Community Center, 833 - 6 St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hialeah Fire Station #2, 4200 E 8 Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013
- As always, the poll opening (prior to 7 a.m.) and closing (after the last voter has voted) procedures are a public process, and the public and media may be present inside the polling room during those times as long as they do not interfere with the procedures.
- During voting hours, media are not permitted inside the actual polling room. Video and/or photographs can only be taken from the door or outside the polling place. News interviews with voters, campaigners, candidates, etc can only be conducted 100 feet from the polling location. Exit polling may be conducted at 75 feet from the polling location.
- Election results will be available on the Elections Department homepage and on Miami-Dade TV (check local cable listings). Both sources will always have the most up-to-date information available. Results will be available beginning at 7:15pm and will be updated approximately every 15-20 minutes thereafter. The first reporting will be the Absentee Ballot results, followed by Early Voting results and then precinct results as they are determined.
- Media who wish to be present at the Elections Department for visual purposes on Election Day will have access to the Department's media room at 2700 NW 87th Avenue in Doral. We will attempt to accommodate all media requests.
- Media parking will be available on the south side of the facility, and the adjacent media entrance will be staffed by security. Please bring credentials for entry.
- The media room will have a limited number of computers available for journalists' use. Only the Elections Department website and results page will be accessible. A limited area wireless network will be available, as well as a limited number of analog phone lines.
- Television stations that wish to do live shots from the media room may do so. Miami-Dade TV personnel will be present to assist engineers with the mult boxes that allow them to patch from the outside of the building into the media room. The media room has a clear glass wall with a view of the tabulation room.
Please visit www.miamidade.gov/elections for the information stated above.