(SS) It's time to vote, rain or shine.

Voters trekked to the polls throughout South Florida Tuesday despite overcast skies and intermittent sprinkles.

Several folks said they were too busy working to vote early, but felt the urge to get to the polls for what they consider a crucial election.

Broward County elections officials say they're ready for primary voters to come in and cast their ballots in local, state and congressional races.

All 432 polling places in Broward opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will stay open through 7 p.m.

"Everything's going great," said Evelyn Perez-Verdia, spokeswoman for the Broward Supervisor of Elections. "No issues at all. We were voter ready. We opened on time. And we are confident our poll workers, who were trained extremely well, will make this a successful election."

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher says polls opened on time there, too.

"Everything opened very smoothly. Everything is going very well," said Bucher, who was on the road checking on polling places to ensure smooth sailing.

In Broward, election results in will be posted on the Supervisor of Election's homepage at browardsoe.org. In Palm Beach County, they'll be posted at pbcelections.org.

Absentee ballots and early voting results will be posted first, shortly after 7 p.m. Election Day precinct results will start rolling in around 8 p.m., and updated every 15 to 25 minutes, Perez-Verdia said.

She could not say when the final tallies would be posted.

"They have to close the polling place and take the results over," she said. "It takes awhile. What's important is to do everything correctly so we can get accurate results in."

If Broward voters have not yet voted, feel free to come out to your polling place, Perez-Verdia said.

Early voting sites closed on Sunday and are no longer open. Voters must go to their assigned polling place to cast their ballot.

"We're out here till 7 p.m.," Perez-Verdia said. "You don't need your voter information card to vote. You just need a photo ID with signature or a driver's license."

More than 1.7 million voters in Florida have already cast ballots: one-third at early voting sites and two-thirds by mail, state figures show.

The weather forecast calls for a high of 85, with an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be between 13 and 15 mph, with gusts up to 21 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

One key contest in Broward pits U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz against Nova Southeastern University law professor Tim Canova in a Democratic primary.

Celia Quintas, a psychotherapist from Weston, voted Tuesday because her work schedule was too busy to vote early. The main reason she made it to the polls was to cast a vote for Wasserman-Schultz, she said.

Her biggest concern is security.

"Making sure our communities are safe is a big priority for me," she said.

She also plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

"She's had my vote for the longest time," she said. "This is a woman who has been preparing herself for so many years. She's getting ready for us so I'm ready for her."

Merna Ramsay, a nurse from Davie, says she waited until Election Day to vote in the primary because she was working and away on vacation during early voting.

Ramsay said she voted for Wasserman-Schultz today and will vote for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in November.

"I really trust her, unlike all those other people. I trust her over Trump to take care of me as a citizen of America," Ramsay said.

 

When can I vote?

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. can vote.

On election day, you are required to vote in your precinct. Your county supervisor of elections should have already sent you a sample ballot with your polling place listed on it. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your precinct here in Broward and here in Palm Beach County.

Absentee ballots have to arrive at the supervisor of elections office no later than 7 p.m. on primary day. Polling places cannot accept filled-out mail-in ballots. But if you decide to vote in person, you should bring your blank mail-in ballot so it can be canceled.

 

What do I need to bring?

Florida law requires all voters to have a signed ID card with them, such as Florida driver's licenses and state IDs. You can also bring a passport or identification cards for military, government employees, students, retirement centers, neighborhood associations or public assistance. A veteran's health card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs will also work, as will a state-issued concealed-carry permit. You can even use a signed debit or credit card that has your photo on it.

If you don't want to leave and come back with your ID, you can request a provisional ballot. After you've filled it out, election workers will comb the voter rolls and make sure you're listed. Then, if it checks out, your vote will be counted.

 

What's on the ballot?

Offices on the ballot include Senate and U.S. House primaries, state legislative seats, county and circuit judges, school boards, sheriffs, county commissioners and constitutional offices such as county clerks and property appraisers. Voters will also decide on a state constitutional amendment, and residents of Boca Raton and Lauderhill have referendums to vote on.

Click here for our Voter's Guide.

 

Who can vote?

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only registered party members can vote in their party's primary.

Any registered voter can vote in a partisan race in which the winner will face no opposition in the general election in November. So, if there are only Democrats or Republicans in a race, with no opposition (not even a write-in candidate), you can vote in those races, too.

Anyone registered to vote in the state of Florida can vote in nonpartisan elections.

 

Trouble at the polls?

Tell us about it. In Broward, call 954-356-4537. In Palm Beach County, call 561-243-6635.


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