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Broward Elections Supervisor Reflects On Primary Election, Hopes For Smoother November

Pete Antonacci
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Current Broward Sup. of Elections Peter Antonacci.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci said things went well in this week's primary election but admitted, "we're gonna have to be in much better shape for November."

In Broward, 67 percent of the voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election came from vote-by-mail ballots, whether at drop boxes or by way of the postal service, according to the county elections office.

Current Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci reflected on what went right and what could be better in November on a Wednesday call with reporters.

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"Predictable number of manageable glitches,” he said. “We had more poll workers than we could wish for, praise the Lord."

Despite things like a temporary machine glitch in Coconut Creek, Antonacci said he felt good about how things operated during the primary election.

But Broward County may not be free of recounts: The race for the next supervisor of elections is extremely close. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was about three-tenths of a percent difference between Democrats Joe Scott and Chad Klitzman.

See the Broward Primary Election results, here.

"The margins are so close there will surely be a machine recount — we've got a lot of work cut out for us,” Antonacci said. “We’ll probably be doing the heavy lifting on Saturday."

That will be finalized after the county's canvassing board meets again Thursday afternoon. They will continue reviewing vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, and looking at any signature mismatches. They will also authorize any recounts if needed.

The public can view the canvassing board meeting through a Zoom link on the Broward Supervisor of Elections website.

Antonacci said that while he felt the elections office was in good shape to process the more than 13,000 vote-by-mail ballots that came in on Election Day, there's still work to be done.

"We're gonna have to be in much better shape for November because we had about 212,000 to 213,000 vote-by-mail ballots for this election,” he said. “We will have at least double that. It's a big challenge."